Brace yourself for reading the team news as it’s gonna take half of the entire preview…
This game is living proof of the low refereeing standards in France as no less than 6 players will be suspended.
What’s worse is that French football officials are actually encouraging refereeing mistakes, as it seems to benefit their plans, but that is actually another story…
Let’s start with Lyon. They will be without winger Lacazette, fullback Bedimo and defensive midfielder Gonalons (suspended). All of them are very important for Lyon at the moment.
Furthermore Lyon will miss defenders Kone and Umtiti through injury. Fullback Lopes will also have to wait another week for making his comeback.
Last round we could see how shaky Lyon’s defense is (they were trashed 5-1 at Montpellier). Now they will suffer even more with 3 important defenders out and Gonalons also, as he was the only one disrupting opponents from creating.
It is true that Lyon will welcome back defenders Bisevac and Dabo, who will most probably go straight into the lineup given the circumstances. They have been injured for a couple of weeks and weren’t in the best of forms to begin with, so it remains to be seen if they can actually strengthen the defense.
One of Dabo or Ferri will have to be converted to a left back position (they usually play right back) and Fofana should be in the central defense along with Bisevac. Malbranque will most likely start in the central midfield and will be a bit more defensive trying to compensate the absence of Gonalons. In my eyes this a disastrous defense.
The only substitution that could actually improve something is winger Danic replacing suspended Lacazzete. He’s much more experienced and talented. But usually he is only a substitute because Lyon are trying hit the jackpot with Lacazzete (Lacazzete only 22 and Lyon are trying to grow his market value despite him lacking skills, while Danic is 31).
Besides those changes Lyon should use the same players, among them striker [tweetable]Gomis who enters a deep state of meditation in each and every game[/tweetable] and forgets about touching the ball.
Bordeaux finally put and end to their mediocre run. They were playing nice football but were failing to take points. That came to an end last round when Bordeaux trashed Sochaux 4-1.
Bordeaux will look a bit different this round since they also have 3 suspended players: central defender Henrique, winger Maurice Belay (he is injured anyways) and midfielder Poundje (suspended last round also).
Good news as versatile Faubert (he can play defender, midfielder winger, you name it) will return from injury, just like defensive midfielder Nguemo.
Especially Nguemo making his comeback could definitely improve Bordeaux’s defense.
Planus will most probably replace Henrique and partner Sane in the central defense, while in front of them coach Gillot will use Nguemo and Traore.
Lyon with Gomis as a striker has no possible chance to score from open play against the aforementioned players.
Upfront [tweetable]Diabate, Saivet, Jussie are all in great form and could have a blast with Lyon’s poor defense[/tweetable].
I just can’t find any reason to explain the high price for Bordeaux +0.5 (1.81). Lately the usual reasons for high odds are superficial odds compilers hired by bookmakers and the unjust distribution of wealth that gives some people access to many resources which they simply throw away…