Bordeaux were humiliated last round away at PSG. They conceded after only a few minutes, and everything went downhill afterwards (PSG won 6-2). Bordeaux are still valid candidates for European positions, but unfortunately they are no match for PSG.
Bordeaux’s major weakness is the defensive phase. Even before the game against PSG, Bordeaux used to concede exactly 1 goal per game. They are vulnerable especially down the flanks, and even if defensive midfielders do their best to provide support, Bordeaux can still be caught off guard.
Nantes is a pleasant surprise this season. Coach Ranieri managed to find the perfect tactics that fully exploit players’ skills.
They were a bit lucky last round against Metz, seeing they played against 10 for an entire half, and opponents also missed a penalty in the final seconds. But it’s the final result that matters (Nantes won 1-0), and now they are sitting on 4 consecutive victories.
Hosts will be without defenders Gajic, Sabaly and forward Laborde, while Nantes will once again miss defender Pallois and winger Bammou.
Hosts should control this game, but it’s exactly what Nantes want, seeing they feel more comfortable when playing on counters. Bookies should give Nantes more respect. Nantes +0.75 at 2.01
Bordeaux: Costil, Prior – Verdon, Toulalan, Lewczuk, Jovanovic, Pellenard, Carrique – Lerager, Plasil, Sankharé, Otavio, Vada, Matheus Pereira – Kamano, Malcom, A.Mendy, De Préville, J.Cafu
Nantes: Dupé, Tatarusanu, Braat – Alcibiade, Diego Carlos, Djidji, Lima, Awaziem, Dubois, Kwateng – Iloki, Thomasson, El Ghanassy, Touré, Krhin, Rongier, Gandi – Sala, Nakoulma, Kolo Muani.