Bordeaux vs St Etienne by Lucien
Bordeaux continued with much weaker performances away from home, as the team comes from a 3:0 defeat against unimpressive Lyon this season on Wednesday evening. However, on this ocassion players of Lyon looked far more competitive than most of their previous season's matches and took a convincing victory.
Still, neither Bordeaux looked that bad, but the hosts were much more concrete in final effort, opening the lead in 41st minute via Lacazette and trying to hold onto the ball more from that moment on. Just when the visiting side tried to open up more and risk more towards the end of the game, they got punished with two more goals in last five minutes, again via Lacazette and Kalulu. After this defeat, they remained at eleventh position, being four poitns away from the European ticket and fourth placed Angers, so there is no doubt that they still have a chance of recovering and ending up within Euro ticket for this season. Back to home matches, they will surely want to continue great run this season of seven victories, three draws and two defeats in twelve games. Home side should continue in 4-3-3 formation with Rolan and Ounas at wings and Diabate as number nine. Midfielder Milan Gajic, central defenders Nicolas Pallois (13/0) and Pablo (8/1)and forward Nicolas Maurice-Belay (18/1) will be sidelined with injuries for next month or so. They also miss forward Isaach Thelin (5/0) and goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso (20/0) injured out as long term absentees. Malcom might make a debut here, while the hosts do have long injury list, most of the players didn't have that much influence on this season's results.
St Etienne surprised many with their victory on the road this Thursday evening away to Rennes with a narrow 1:0 result. Only goal was scored quite late in the game, in 73rd minute via Sall leaving not enough time for completely ineffective hosts.
Ball possession was shared in equal manner, but the visiting side showed much more creativity in the midfield and creating way more dangerous situations. It was like that from the first minute, while the hosts didn't manage to make the game more interesting even when the visitors took the lead, overall having one of the poorest performances this season in offense. With this victory, St Etienne continued their chase for the European positions, being now only a point away from Europa League fourth placed Angers and only three points away from Champions League positionated Nice. Visitors continue to miss injured forward Robert Beric (9/3), left full back Benoit Assou-Ekotto (10/0), right full back Francois Clerc (10/0), offensive midfielder Romain Hamouma (19/3), central defender Loic Perrin (17/3) and left back Pierre-Yves Polomat (13/0). They should also come up in 4-3-3 formation with Monnet-Paquet, Roux and Bahebeck as strikers.
Quite equal opponents here, but with the way Bordeaux plays in front of own fans, I can't see them being underdogs against many Ligue 1 sides. St Etienne, on contrary, is terrible away from home and it seems like there is nothing they can do regarding it. Draw cannot be excluded, but I believe the home side is by far closer to get all three points. Don't see players of St Etienne being that good for two matches in a row away from home.