Evian should thank the footballing Gods and the referee for conceding only once last round away at Marseille (lost 1-0).
Not only last round but ever since the season resumed Evian have disappointing performances. In an attempt to improve the offensive phase (which is a let down) Evian transferred-in Caen’s top-scorer Duhamel. He is a skilled player but lately had some personal problems, lost focus and even his place in the lineup.
Corroborating Duhamel’s poor form with the time needed to adapt most likely he won’t make an impact straight away.
Hosts are also suffering in defense and even if pretty soon they will welcome back central defenders Mongongu and Mensah (away African Cup of Nations) a major improvement is not foreseen.
Bordeaux suffered last round on home ground against Guingamp (finished 1-1). Especially in the first half Bordeaux were under severe domination and only after the break they managed to even things up a bit.
Midfielder Chantome played his first game for Bordeaux last round but it was a really shy performance. Still, Chantome is a highly skilled player and when he has proper support there’s no stopping him. And that support may arrive this round seeing that Bordeaux will welcome back midfielder Sertic after suspension and Khazri who returned from the African Cup of Nations. With Khazri, Sertic and Chantome in midfield the overall strength will skyrocket.
Guests will have to do without midfielder Plasil who is suspended.
Bookies see this as a balanced game but with Khazri, Sertic and Chantome Bordeaux can easily control the midfield and push the game forward. Bordeaux DNB at 1.91
UPDATE: Both Evian’s new recruits Duhamel and Sunu (forwards both of them) are in the lineup. Defender Angoula and forward Sougou will also return after injury. Bordeaux also welcomes back a couple of important players: defender Sane and midfielders Sertic, Khazri and Traore. Same bet
Evian: B.Leroy, Hansen – A.Angoula, Sabaly, Cambon, Nounkeu, Juelsgaard, Abdallah, Fall – Sorlin, Tejeda, D.Koné, Barbosa, Wass- Sunu, Ramirez, Duhamel, Nielsen, Sougou
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Ilori, Mariano, Pallois, Poundjé, Yambéré, L.Sané – Poko, Sertic, Chantôme, Maurice-Belay, Ab.Traoré, Khazri – Rolan, Saivet, Kiese Thelin, T.Touré, Crivelli