Luck was on Bordeaux’s side last round against Lens when they were dominated especially in the first half and managed to make the difference only in the last 10 minutes (won 2-1).
Hosts were not that inspired last round but things may change this week seeing that play-maker Khazri will return after suspension. Alongside Khazri Bordeaux will also welcome back midfielder Plasil and defender Sane who will improve the overall strength.
Bordeaux are involved in the battle for a place Europe with real chances of achieving their objective. If they would be more consistent in efforts for the entire 90 minutes Bordeaux wouldn’t have any problems against opponents from the lower half of the table.
Midfielder Chantome will once again miss due to suspension.
There is no exaggeration to say that the man marking skills of Marseille’s defenders are at Ligue2 level. Free-kicks and through balls can easily turn into goals when playing against Marseille.
The defensive strength should increase pretty soon seeing that central defender N’Koulou returned from injury. He was only on the bench last round (lost 3-2 to PSG) as some time is needed before he picks up form.
The good news is that striker Gignac scored a double, his first in Ligue1 in 2015 and hopefully this will boost his confidence, as he was mostly a bench warmer lately due to the good form of young striker Batshuayi.
Marseille will have to do without the services of midfielder Ayew who was very nervous last round and got a red card in extra time. On the other hand they will welcome back defensive midfielder Imbula after suspension.
Difficult game ahead with a small advantage for the home side due to Marseille’s loose defense.
UPDATE: Hosts welcome back central defender Pallois after injury
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Faubert, Ilori, Mariano, Pallois, L.Sané, Yambéré – Khazri, Maurice-Belay, Plasil, Poko, Sertic, Ab.Traoré – Rolan, Saivet, Kiese Thelin, Crivelli
Marseille: S.Mandanda, B.Samba – Aloé, B.Dja Djédjé, Fanni, Ben.Mendy, J.Morel, Nkoulou, Tuiloma – Alessandrini, Imbula, Lemina, Ocampos, Romao, Thauvin – Batshuayi, Gignac, Payet