Both teams performed way under expectations in the 1st round of 2014. For some weird reason Bordeaux’s coach Gillot started the game with Brechet in central defense and moved Sane in midfield.
It wasn’t the first time Sane played as a defensive midfielder and more or less he did a decent job. But Brechet was a total disaster. Most of his tackles missed the target and he was nowhere to be seen when midfielders lost possession. And they lost quite a few balls, especially Obraniak who seem not to give a damn about the game (he made a childish mistake when Bordeaux conceded).
Most probably Brechet will go back on the bench where he belongs and central midfielder Poko will start (he hit the post after entering the game against Toulouse).
Forward Hoarau made his debut for Bordeaux and livened up the game as soon as he stepped on the pitch. He seems to be in good form and determined to be an important player for Bordeaux. There is a high probability he will start against PSG, especially since he will be extra motivated given he used to play for PSG a couple of season ago.
With Brechet on the bench and Sane in central defense along Henrique, Bordeaux will once again have an impenetrable defense. Upfront with Hoarau on the pitch, and maybe nonchalant Obraniak on the bench, the offensive potential will significantly grow.
Fullback Poundje is suspended for Bordeaux, while strikers Jussie and Diabate are still injured.
Despite winning, PSG look very soft last round away at Ajaccio. I don’t remember ever seeing so many open spaces between PSG’s defenders. Central defender Alex moved in slow motion until he was substituted in min 70. Defensive midfielder Motta failed to anticipate and cover for fellow defenders. Only because of Ajaccio’s offensive problems PSG conceded only once…
Although fullback Jallet is the only regular left outside the squad (injury) there may be some other changes, according to coach Blanc stated.
Players that usually are only on the bench (Pastore, Menez or Marquinhos) could be starters.
I believe Bordeaux’s careless defensive display was just an isolated incident and won’t repeat, especially with Brechet on the bench. There is no doubt Bordeaux will be extra motivated just because of opponent’s name. If PSG will allow the same huge spaces in defense Bordeaux will surely punish.
PSG may qualify, but if that will happen it may very well be in extra time, just like last round against St Etienne, when PSG were kind of lucky to get to the next stage… Bordeaux +0.75 at the odds of 1.94 looks great. For extra safety you can always take Bordeaux +1 at the price of 1.60