Although only 2 goals were scored (both in the first 10 minutes) the game between Lyon and Bordeaux last week was pretty entertaining (finished 1-1).
Coach Sagnol left attacking midfielder Khazri on the bench and started with 3 forwards. Things looked good upfront for Bordeaux as they managed to approach opponents’ penalty box with ease. 20 years old forward Crivelli even scored his first goal for Bordeaux this season.
There was no need for midfielders to take part in the offensive phase and they were mostly concentrated in preventing opponents from creating dangerous opportunities. This is why in-spite the fast paced rythm Bordeaux conceded only once.
Young fullback Guilbert started on the right flank since Contento is injured. Contento will miss again (this time he is suspended) so Guilbert should continue in the lineup.
Surprisingly balanced game between Montpellier and PSG last week (PSG won 2-1). Montpellier often cornered a much more powerful opponent and at times were pretty close of getting away with a draw. Motivation was at high levels since they were on home ground and up against current champions. There is a high possibility players will significantly reduce efforts this round as everyone is already in vacation mode.
Coach Courbis may make some changes and we could see Tiene, Berigaud, Wuthrich or Bakar in the lineup (they are all decent players).
Midfielder Saihi and winger Mounier suffered injuries last week and they are doubtful at the moment.
Hosts have the upper hand since motivation is on their side (last game of the season on home ground), but it won’t be that easy as Montpellier are no amateurs and can always surprise.
UPDATE: Looks like young fullback Guilbert won’t continue in the lineup as he was left outside the squad. Montpellier called strikers Cornette and Sotoca from the 2nd team.
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Mariano, Planus, Pallois, L.Sané, Yambéré – Chantôme, Khazri, Plasil, Poko, Sertic, Ab.Traoré – Kiese Thelin, Maurice-Belay, Rolan, Saivet, Crivelli
Montpellier: Pionnier, Ligali – Congré, Hilton, B.Dabo, El Kaoutari, Deplagne, M.N’Diaye – J.Marveaux, J.Martin, Lasne, Wüthrich, Saihi, Aït Fana – Bérigaud, Barrios, So.Camara, Bakar, Ribelin, Cornette, Sotoca