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Bordeaux vs Olympique Marseille: The Battle of Two Portuguese Managers

Bordeaux vs Olympique Marseille: The Battle of Two Portuguese Managers

Girondin Bordeaux seems to be still stuck in the mid table most of the time this season. Their inconsistent form leads them to the eleventh of the standings with only twenty nine points. However, they seem to be finding their new spirit again to save their campaign after their result previously. This weekend, Paulo Sousa’s men are getting ready to take on Olympique Marseille, the current runner up. It will be a tight clash for sure as the visitor’s side has been aiming for more points to keep their position for Champions League.

Bordeaux news:

Jeremy Briand and Co were finally able to end their series of defeat in their previous four weeks. They managed to beat Nantes in their away match by one single goal from the senior forward himself, Jeremy Briand. During the current transfer window, Bordeaux has signed two names, Ruben Pardo from Real Sociedad and Remi Oudin from Stade Reims.

Marseille news:

Marseille had a positive result in Coupe de France by crushing Strasbourg 3-1. Bruno Sarr, Dmitri Payet and Boubacar Kamara bagged the winnint goals. Such was certainly much better than their last result in Ligue 1. Last week they were held in a goalless draw by Angers. With their recent form, Andre Villas-Boas, chooses not be make any signings during the winter transfer. 

Missing players and probable lineups

The former Basel and Fiorentina boss, Paulo Sousa, tends to deploy 3-4-2-1 formation. Yet, the previous four winless result made him realise that such tactic needs changing. Thus, he opted for 4-2-3-1, which succeeded in the previous game.Luckily, they only have one name on the sideline, Francois Komano.

Bordeaux: Benoit Costil; Laurent Koscielny, Pablo, Enock Kwateng, Loris Benito; Otavio, Toma Besic ; Hwang Ui-Jo, Nicolas De Preville, Yacine Adli;
Josh Maja.

 Andre Villas-Boas seems to be finding his main line-up and have settled his tactical approach relying on offensive ball possesion mixed with crosses and long shots. His 4-3-3 formation is the proper one for such system. Unfortunately, Dario Benedetto and Florian Thauvin are stilll unavailable, Villas-Boas have to come up with the new attacking line up. 

Marseille: Steve Mandanda; Hiroki Sakai, Duje Caleta-car, Alvaro Gonzalez, Roland Amavi; Morgan Sanson, Valentin Rongier, Kevin Strootmann; Dmitri Payet, Valere Germain, Bruno Sarr.

Match Facts

Marseille is certainly the dominant side in their head-to-head encounters. They have won four times and had one draw in their past six meetings. Nevertheless, Bordeaux have never lost the game against Marseille at their home turf for the last twelve match.

Prediction

The home side is currently in a better confidence to secure three points. Yet, Andre Villas-Boas' men will need to be back to their winning days to climb higher. Thus, the draw results seem to be best for them. 

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