Bordeaux will enter this game after an exhausting 6000 km trip to Kazakhstan where they faced Kairat in Europa League. Bordeaux used the best team possible (midfielder Chantome was suspended) but still lost 2-1 and only qualified further because of the away goal.
Although they are yet to win in Ligue1 Bordeaux improved since the beginning of the season. They are still not playing at full potential but an upgrade is clearly visible. In defense they need to be a bit more fast and anticipate opponents’ next move. Last round for example almost all defensive players got a yellow card because of late tackles.
Striker Diabate is still sidelined, along with fullback Contento, defender Sane and midfielder Sertic, but the good news is that keeper Carrasso and midfielder Plasil may once again be available.
Even if forward Sala is still injured Nantes’ attacking phase looks better now in comparison to the start of the season.
Unlike past years coach Der Zakarian now has plenty of offensive options available, all of them young and talented players, determined to make a name for themselves. Nantes are looking better as round goes by and it won’t be long until they will achieve maximum form.
Last season Nantes’ strongest part was the central defense with Djilobodi and Vizcarrondo. Now neither of them starts anymore but Nantes are still solid and opponents can’t find any open spaces (Nantes haven’t conceded so far in Ligue1)
Although the season just began Bordeaux may be a bit tired after the weary trip to Kazakhstan. Odds on Bordeaux seem a bit short especially since Nantes aren’t just middle table material anymore…
UPDATE: Hosts will once again miss fullback Contento and midfielder Plasil but welcome back keeper Carrasso. Looks like Nantes will miss midfielder Adryan who suffered in injury at a training session.
Bordeaux: Carrasso, Prior – Gajic, Guilbert, Pallois, Poundjé, Yambéré – Chantôme, Khazri, Maulun, Poko, Saivet, Traoré – Crivelli, Jussiê, Maurice-Belay, Rolan, Kiese Thelin, T.Touré
Nantes: Ré.Riou, Dupé – Kwateng, Djidji, Dubois, Lenjani, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Deaux, R.Gomis, Rongier, Thomasson, B.Touré – Audel, Sigthorsson, Bammou, Iloki, Sala