Lille was the better side last round away at Marseille but unfortunately for them the difference was not that big and as a consequence they couldn’t find the net (finished 0-0).
Especially in the first half Lille manage to impose the rythm and had the best of chances. The game got more balanced in the second half and the goalless draw fully reflects a disappointing encounter.
Young Origi (19 years old) was by far Lille’s most active player. He constantly switched from one side to another, outplayed opponents and was involved in most of Lille’s dangerous opportunities. He is definitely one to watch for the future.
Lille will welcome back midfielder Balmont after he was suspended last round.
Bordeaux fully dominated last week against Guingamp (won 5-1). It’s been a while since we’ve seen Bordeaux so efficient upfront. Creativity is running high on the wings where Maurice-Belay and Rolan are on fire. Central midfielder Sertic and Traore were also very active both in defense and offense. But the most impressive performance was that of striker Diabate who scored a hat-trick in the first 25 minutes.
Defensively they didn’t had to make many efforts as opponents rarely threatened.
This may have been the best game of the season for Bordeaux, but unfortunately for them it is too late and it won’t make any difference (maybe only Diabate attracting the interest of some scouts…)
Most likely Lille will be the ones imposing the rythm but sometimes they appear to lack solutions in applying the finishing touch and could get punished, especially against an in-form side like Bordeaux.
UPDATE: Central defender Basa is back in the squad for Lille but his presence in the lineup is not guaranteed. Forwards Hoarau and Saivet and out injured for Bordeaux.
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – D.Sidibé, Béria, Kjaer, Basa, Rozehnal, Souaré, Soumaoro – I.Gueye, Mavuba, Balmont, Delaplace, Mar.Martin, S.Meïté – S.Kalou, Rodelin, Roux, Origi, R.Mendes
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Jug – Henrique, Chalmé, Mariano, Orban, Planus, L.Sané, Poundjé – Faubert, Maurice-Belay, Biyogo-Poko, Sertic, Ab.Traoré – Rolan, Jussié, C.Diabaté, Bellion