France Ligue 1 – Toulouse v Bordeaux Preview (20/8/16)


Toulouse preview

TFC played out a 0-0 draw with Marseille on Sunday night. They didn't play particularly well but did alright and were solid enough. Coach, Pascal Dupraz said he was satisfied with a point considering how much below par they were. So it was a fairly uninspiring start to the campaign which surprised me a little bit because Toulouse had such momentum at the back end of last season. They might already be missing Wissam Ben Yedder who was top scorer for them in the 2015/16 campaign. Martin Braithwaite upfront can be hit or miss upfront and TFC don’t look like they are going to be the most free scoring side at the moment. Team news is favourable with few injuries to worry about.

Bordeaux preview

It looked like Bordeaux were cruising to victory last week against Sainte. They were 3-0 up with not long left left but their opponents managed to pull it back to 3-2, enduring an extremely nervous last few minutes. Overall, it was a good start to the season for new Bordeaux coach Jocelyn Gourvennec. For the most part they controlled the contest, looked dangerous and converted their chances. It was just when they took their eye off the ball and relaxed when any sort of vulnerability set in. I’m sure the coach was quite hard on his players for nearly blowing such a big advantage and will be keen to avoid any sort of repeat. New signing in midfield Jeremy Toulalan should start here after missing because of suspension last week. Bordeaux aren’t missing many players to injury and the squad is generally in good health.

Conclusion & betting analysis

The first thing to mention here is that this is an Atlantic derby match between two strong rivals. Neither team will want to lose this one and I expect a committed, passionate performance from both outfits. I think result wise it’s a difficult one to call. My feeling is that this will be a tight encounter, but then again I might be completely wrong. Toulouse looked solid rather than spectacular last week, whilst Bordeaux on the road might employ negative tactics under Gourvennec. Ultimately, there are too many question marks rather than answers surrounding this contest. It looks to me like the bookies have their markets and lines fairly accurate here. I don’t see an edge in any department so I’m quite happy to leave this one alone.

Prediction: 1-1
Recommended bet: None

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