Bordeaux’s form in Ligue 1 is not disappointing, but not that great as well. They are still sitting on the sixth of the table with nineteen points from five wins, four draws and four losses. Despite their position, which is still below the European competition zone, Paulo Sousa’s men only have two points difference with the runner-up Marseille. Thus, a constant win is necessary to climb up to the Champions League zone. This Saturday, they will be hosting AS Monaco, which sadly is stuck on the mid table. It is the clash of two teams who struggle with their inconsistent form. The game will take place in Stade Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux.
Benoit Costil and Co, as a matter of fact, has the capability to be the one of the main contenders for PSG this season. Yet, they have inconsistency issue, which cost them their opportunity to be better. Before the international break, they were held in a draw against Nice. They were one goal behind as Pierre Lees-Melou found the back of the net. Fortunately, Bordeaux was given a penalty. Jeremy Briand managed to score the equaliser.
Monaco has rather unstable form too this season. They have won and lost five times plus had three draws. In the previous match, they had a narrow win versus Dijon. It was Alexandre Golovin who netted a winning a goal. It was a positive result after their loss against St.Etienne a week before.
Missing players and probable lineups:
Paulo Sousa is normally in favour of 3-4-2-1 or 4-2-3-1 depending on the opponents. The former one seems quite similar to their contender’s. However, he will not be able to put his best line up as some key figures are ruled out such as Yacine Adli, Pablo and Youssouf Sabaly due to their injury. Moreover, some other names will be ruled out due to the suspension like Otavio, Mexer and Vukasin Jovanovic.
Bordeaux: Benoit Costil; Enock Kwateng, Laurent Koscielny, Loris Benito; Francois Kamano, Samuel Kalu, Tchouameni, Youseef Bennasser; Nicolas de Preville, Hwang Ui Jo ; Jimmy Briand.
Leonardo Jardim mainly deploys 3-5-2 this season with two frontmen, Islam Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder. Unfortunately some key figures are in the injury table such as Cesc Fabregas, Kamil Glik, Stevan Jovetic. In addition, the Portuguese defensive midfielder, Adrien Silva, has to be sidelined as well due to his suspension.
Monaco: Benjamin Lacomte; Jemmerson, Guillermo Maripan, Benoit Mikinayi; Gelson Martins, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alexandre Golovin, Fode Ballo-Toure, Gil Dias; Islam Slimani, Wissam Ben Yedder
Bordeaux seems to be less superior to Monaco in their head-to-head meetings. They only won once in their last six encounters. Yet, Monaco has unconvincing record for their away fixtures. They have failed to win in ten of the last eleven away matches.
The host will be struggling to secure three points despite playing at home. It is due to the fact that some key figures are ruled out. Monaco could take the advantage of such, especially when Slimani-Ben Yedder plus Alexander Golovin is on fire. A narrow win seems plausible for the visitor.
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