Bordeaux had an easy game last round away at relegation candidates Evian (won 1-0). They opened the score very early after a beautiful long shot by Khazri and didn’t had any problems in rejecting all incoming actions for the rest of the game.
They had a hesitant start of 2015 but now their squad is complete with Khazri returning from the African Cup of Nations and Saivet from injury. Furthermore they have transferred in highly skilled central midfielder Chantome. Now they have an extraordinary potential and there is no way but up for Bordeaux especially after the chemistry levels will improve a bit and after top-scorer Diabate will return from injury.
Bordeaux will have to do without suspended midfielder Chantome, but he is yet to make a real impact and his absence shouldn’t be felt. On the other hand they will welcome back midfielder Plasil after injury.
St Etienne used the best team possible in the midweek Cup game against 3rd division side Red Star. They started in an offensive formula with both strikers Erdinc and van Wolfswinkel in the lineup. St Etienne won 2-1 but it was a truly disappointing performance.
Opponents played in 10 for more than an hour and they even scored while in numerical inferiority. St Etienne qualified for the next stage thanks to an own goal with 10 minutes to go.
It was a poor game but by now there is no surprise anymore to see St Etienne performing below standards (they have only 1 Ligue1 victory in 2015).
No matter if they will use 1 striker or 2 St Etienne are in for some serious troubles against in-form and confident Bordeaux. Bordeaux -0.25 at 2.28
UPDATE: St Etienne welcome back midfielder Corgnet from injury but will miss Clement.
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Ilori, Mariano, Pallois, L.Sané, Yambéré – Khazri, Maurice-Belay, Plasil, Poko, Sertic, Ab.Traoré – Rolan, Saivet, Kiese Thelin, T.Touré
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Brison, L.Perrin, Tabanou, Théophile-Catherine, Baysse, B.Karamoko – Corgnet, Diomandé, Lemoine, Nguemo, Madianga – Hamouma, Erding, Mollo, Van Wolfswinkel, Gradel, J.Bamba