Both sides took part in exhausting midweek encounters in the French Cup and both clubs lost at penalties.
Bordeaux opened the score early and rapidly withdrew in defense but it was not long until opponents found the equalizer. Having a low morale after being equalized Bordeaux found themselves under moderate pressure for the rest of the game.
Bordeaux’s major weakness seems to be the lack of consistency in efforts. They are happy to withdraw in defense after taking the lead and abandon all offensive hopes. In-fact Bordeaux have recorded 9 victories so far, but in only two of them Bordeaux won by a margin of at least 2 goals (it happened in the first rounds of the season).
Besides losing the qualification at penalties (got defeated by Monaco in the Cup) Lyon also lost a couple of players due to injury, all of them with offensive profiles. Malbranque, Benzia and Fekir are all highly doubtful after suffering injuries against Monaco.
Thanks to the young and talented squad Lyon are proudly sitting on the 3rd place with just 2 points behind the leaders Marseille. Lyon’s title ambitions this season are justified especially after taking in consideration the playing style and chemistry between players.
But like most teams Lyon do have problems and their biggest one is fullback’s Jallet offensive appetite. Jallet often neglects his defensive duties and goes upfront in search of fame and glory. Defensive midfielder Gonalons in not always there to cover and opponents’ actions on that side can easily end in goals.
This is going to be a difficult encounter because both sides are a bit tired and also because their good form this season. If Bordeaux will be the ones taking the lead they will undoubtedly withdraw in defense afterwards. If Lyon will score first they may actually do the same thing as Bordeaux in order to preserve energy and finish 2014 in style.
UPDATE: Looks like Fekira managed to recover in time but Lyon will miss Benzia, Kone and Malbranque.
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Jug, Prior – Faubert, Mariano, Pallois, Ilori, L.Sané, Contento, Yambéré, Planus – Badin, Khazri, Plasil, Poko, Sertic, Ab.Traoré – C.Diabaté, Maurice-Belay, Saivet, T.Touré, Crivelli, Sala
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Jallet, Umtiti, Rose, Bedimo, Mo.Dabo – Tolisso, Gonalons, Mvuemba, Ferri, Malbranque, Ghezzal, Gourcuff, Fekir – Lacazette, M.Yattara, Njie