The suspension of central defender Henrique and the stubbornness of coach Gillot (didn’t made any changes for 90 min) cost Bordeaux 2 points.
Central defender Planus got tired near the end, coach Gillot did not replace him, Planus lost concentration and was superficial in an attempt to block an easy shot. The end result was a 1-1 draw, when instead Bordeaux should have won an important away game.
Happily for them central defender Henrique will return and things will go back to normal. Winger Maurice Belay is also back in training, although his presence in the lineup is not sealed.
Fullback Poundje is also available after being suspended in the league, but it will be better for Bordeaux to continue using Orban, who’s more stable and lucid.
Bordeaux’s play improved a lot in the past weeks. Even their last Europa League game (vs Maccabi Tel Aviv) was unswervingly lost, as Bordeaux controlled and created most of the chances.
Jussie’s form is very impressive lately. He turned put to be a very useful offensive player, way more useful than Maurice – Belay ever was. This is why I hope Belay will be only a sub, even if he’s fully fit.
Bordeaux will once again use most regulars, like they did against Maccabi. Only Obraniak or Saivet could be left on the bench, but it could actually turn out to be a good thing, as Rolan was very active the last time he played, and his combinations with Jussie were decisive.
I remember betting on Apoel in the playoff against Zulte. I was browsing some forums and reading how wonderful, great and extraordinary Apoel are. Also I remember Zulte having some important absences at that time. All said and done, but when it came to the actual game my beloved Apoel were nowhere to be seen on the field. Their creative power was at kindergarten level, and if by some chance the ball reached the forwards, they just didn’t have the power to find any solutions. Meanwhile the defense appeared strong at first but by the end I’ve learned they can not resist constant pressure and fast counters.
Of course they lost the playoff but still qualified thanks to Uefa throwing out Turkish side Fenerbahce.
Apoel will most probably miss offensive player Alexandrou who suffered an injury in Cyprus vs Albania.
I see this game being completely one sided and dominated by Bordeaux, only this time, with Henrique back, there won’t be any defensive errors to deprive them of a victory. At 2.03 the odds are definitely too high for Bordeaux and worth taking with medium stakes.