Lille started the season in force (won 3-0 against Nantes), but gradually faded afterwards. They dominated all games so far, but won only 4 points in 4 rounds.
The biggest problem seems to be converting chances. They create plenty of opportunities, but attacking players don’t cooperate that well and they always seem to be in a hurry. All offensive players excel in speed and often prefer to outplay opponents on their own.
Many players are new (or were only reserves in the past) and the lack of chemistry is another factor that drags them back.
Although they were eliminated from Europa League, overall this is a good start of the season for Bordeaux. They need to improve the defensive phase a bit, but attacking-wise it seems that finally Bordeaux found some consistency. Recently they transferred forward De Preville (from Lille) who should increase the offensive potential. Most probably De Preville will play his first game for Bordeaux this week.
The midfield in 3 is really solid, with Sankhare and newly arrived Otavio and Lerager. They are all skilled and confident players, active both in the defensive and attacking phase. Once they will achieve full potential, it will be really difficult for many Ligue 1 sides to compete with Bordeaux.
There are no surprises in the squads.
While Lille are much more dangerous down the flanks, Bordeaux have supremacy in central midfield. Bordeaux are still vulnerable in defense and will have difficulties keeping a clean sheet. On the other hand, they are in good attacking mood and should be able to score at least once. Over 2.5 goals at 2.07
Lille : Maignan, Koffi – Malcuit, J.Alonso, Ié, Ballo-Touré, Dabila, Kouamé – Amadou, Thiago Maia, Bahlouli, Bissouma, Pollet – El Ghazi, Ponce, Benzia, Pépé, Faraj, Araujo
Bordeaux : Costil, Prior – Sabaly, Toulalan, Jovanovic, Lewczuk, Pellenard – Otavio, Lerager, Sankharé, Plasil, Vada – Kamano, Malcom, Cafu, A.Mendy, Laborde, De Préville