Bordeaux lacked efficiency last round away at Toulouse and in-spite creating a decent number of scoring opportunities they left home empty handed (lost 2-1).
Recently Bordeaux became very aggressive in their pursuit of a European position. This strategy has its setbacks and this round Bordeaux will have to do without 4 important players, all of them suspended: midfielders Khazri, Chantome and Plasil and defender Sane.
Fortunately there are a couple of talented players on the bench waiting for their chance: Maurice-Belay, Traore, Sertic or Saivet. The overall strength still won’t be at the same level with them in the lineup but coach Sagnol would be able to align quite a competitive team that would still belong in the upper half of the table.
Hosts may welcome back winger Jussie after injury.
Lens made a good first half last week against Marseille (0-0 at half time) but collapsed completely after the break. Lens’ defenders just couldn’t keep up the fast paced rythm anymore and Marseille managed to convert with ease all of their important opportunities.
In the attacking phase Lens are very predictable as they rely a lot on midfielder Valdivia for all their actions. Once in a while the play is switched to the other side but Cyprien isn’t that skilled or experienced for that matter.
Guests will miss midfielder Bourigeaud who suffered an injury but will welcome back fullback Ball after suspension.
Bordeaux’s absences are quite important but most sides in Ligue1 would be happy to have in the lineup Bordeaux’s reserves (Lens included…) Bordeaux are still capable of creating fast paced actions thanks to the speed and ball control of Maurice Belay or Rolan, and Lens always concedes more than once against teams playing in speed. Bordeaux -1 at 2.20
UPDATE: Lens’ forward Touzghar once again suffered an injury and will miss
Bordeaux: Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Faubert, Ilori, Mariano, Yambéré, Guilbert – Maurice-Belay, Poko, Sertic, Ab.Traoré, Maulun, Soni – Rolan, Saivet, Thelin, T.Touré
Lens: Belon, Ru.Riou – Ba, Baal, Boulenger, Fradj, Gbamin, Kantari, Landre – El Jadeyaoui, Cyprien, Le Moigne, Lecoeuche, Nomenjanahary, Valdivia – Chavarria, Coulibaly, Guillaume, Madiani