Last round coach Sagnol made a surprising move and started with 18 years old Ounas in the lone striker position. Ounas was only recently promoted from the youth squad and however talented he may be, he is not yet ready for such a responsibility.
By the time coach Sagnol introduced a real striker Bordeaux already wasted a lot of energy and the draw was unavoidable (0-0 vs Montpellier).
But the good news is that key striker Diabate returned from injury and even played for about 10 minutes. Although it may take some time for Diabate to pick up rythm (he was injured for most games so far), his comeback is definitely a huge boost for Bordeaux’s offensive phase.
Diabate started in the Europa League game against Sion but unfortunately couldn’t be of much help and Bordeaux ended losing after a disappointing display. Bordeaux used a very offensive formula in Europa League (3 forwards) and there was a gap between departments. The 4-2-3-1 system used in Ligue1 is much more suitable for Bordeaux’s playing style.
Bordeaux will once again miss suspended midfielder Poko
Watching Troyes play creates mixed feelings. On one hand they are very active in midfield and seem more determined as round goes by, but on the other hand they are too soft when trying to apply the finishing touch and too careless in defense.
Last round for example there were long periods when they dominated but ended up losing at a forfeit score (lost 3-0 at Nantes).
Unfortunately no matter how many efforts midfielders make Troyes will continue the negative series until all departments will play at Ligue1 standards.
Troyes will welcome back forward Perea and midfielder Ayasse after suspension
With 16 goals conceded so far Bordeaux have one of the weakest defense in Ligue1, but in-spite of that they should be ok against toothless Troyes who waste their energy in midfield. Bordeaux -1 at 2.04
UPDATE: Strange move from coach Sagnol who left striker Diabate and Thelin outside the squad (maybe because of the poor form). Bordeaux will also miss midfielder Maurice – Belay and defender Yambere. Same bet
BORDEAUX: C.Carrasso, Prior – Gajic, Guilbert, Pablo, Pallois, L.Sané, Poundjé – Chantôme, Khazri, Plasil, Saivet, Ab.Traoré, Ounas – Rolan, Jussiê, Crivelli, T.Touré
TROYES: Bernardoni, Petric – M.Dabo, Martins Pereira, Mavinga, Ngcongca, Veskovac – Ayasse, Ben Saada, Camus, Court, Darbion, Karaboué, Nivet, Pi – Cabot, Jean, Perea