These two teams supposedly have all the potentials to compete on the top three or at least in Europa League zone. In reality, they both are currently stranded on the mid table. Bordeaux is on the thirteenth while Les Gones are just above them. They both share the same points, twenty six. This clash will be a decisive one for both. A victory would at least lift them up to top ten, which eventually could lead them to a better position while a defeat means they might even slope to the relegation zone. The battle in Stade Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux is inevitably tight.
Benoit Costil and Co begins their campaign this year with a win at Coupe De France. They dismantled Les Mans 2-0. Jeremy Briand and Toma Basic netted the winning goals for them. It was their first win after four losses in a row at the end of 2019. It also showed that their young reserved teams, which were dominant in that match, can be reliable as well.
Rudi Garcia’s men have been on positive form too at the beginning of this year. They have won two games in a row, in Coupe de France and Coupe de La Ligue. Last weekend they smashed Brest 3-1 after hammering Bourg Een Bresse Peronnas 7-0 in Coupe de France previously. Lyon’s winning goals were scored by Moussa Dembele, Houssam Aourar and Jean Lucas.
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 Hwang Ui Jo and Samuel Kalu due to their injury.
Bordeaux: Benoit Costil; Enock Kwateng, Laurent Koscielny, Loris Benito; Francois Kamano, Otavio, Tchouameni, Youseef Bennasser; Nicolas de Preville, Yacine Adli, Josh Maja.
Meanwhile, Rudi Garcia often opts for 4-2-3-1. Unfortunately, he will not be able to play his main forward, Memphis Depay, due to his injury. What’s worse, he is not the only ones on the sideline. There are other names as well such as Youssouf Kone, Oumar Solet and Jeff Reine-Adelaide.
Lyon: Anthony Lopes; Rafael, Marcelo, Jason Denayer, Marcal; Lucas Tousart, Hossam Aouar; Maxwell Cornet, Bertrand Traore, Maxence Caqueret; Moussa Dembele.
Both teams seem to be involved in a equal tight record in their head-to-head meetings. Les Gones and Bordeaux share the same number of victory, only once, in the last six encounters. The rest are draw.
Lyon is expected to revive under Rudi Garcia, but the result is not so much different from his predecessor. They are still being stuck in the middle of the standings. The host is no better than Moussa Dembele and Co. Therefore, they are unlikely to be able to take advantage of the visitor’s side crisis of confidence. The draw is the most possible one for them.
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