Bordeaux made huge efforts last round away at Rennes, and although they were a bit lucky in the end, they deserved to return home with a point (finished 2-2). Two times they got back in the game after opponents took the lead and were pretty close of losing everything, but keeper Carrassso saved a penalty in the final moments and Bordeaux won an important point.
Defensively Bordeaux suffered a bit and gave away too many spaces for a team with European ambitions, but at least in the attacking phase they were more incisive than in previous rounds.
With the exception of attacking midfielder Khazri Bordeaux started in the best possible formula in the midweek game away at Liverpool. The game was very balanced and although they made constant efforts Bordeaux ended up losing 2-1.
Central defender Pallois is both injured and suspended so he will definitely miss.
Caen got an early red card last week and were forced to reduce rythm and focus primarily on not conceding. In the end they got a well deserved point, and would have surely controlled the entire game if it wouldn’t have been for the red card.
Although they may be punching a bit above their weight in the third position, Caen are pretty solid in all areas of the field.
Defenders are precise in interventions, midfielders never get tired, and forwards can score out of nothing when opponents least expect it.
Guests will miss central defender Yahia who is suspended.
Bookies may give Bordeaux too much credit as this should be a pretty tight encounter, especially with Bordeaux a bit tired after the balanced game at Liverpool.
UPDATE: Bordeaux will miss midifelders Sertic and Toure and defenders Pablo and Pallois,
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Guilbert, Poundjé, L.Sané, Yambéré – Chantôme, Khazri, Ounas, Plasil, Poko, Saivet – Crivelli, C.Diabaté, Jussiê, Maurice-Belay, Rolan
Caen: Vercoutre, Reulet – Alhadhur, Appiah, Ben Youssef, Raineau, Da Silva – Seube, Delaplace, Makengo, Bessat, Nkololo, Féret, Leborgne, Adéoti – Delort, Rodelin, Bazile