France Ligue 1 – Bordeaux v St Etienne Preview (13/8/16)


Bordeaux preview

It’s a new era for Les Girondins with Jocelyn Gourvennec at the helm. He achieved great things at Guingamp with limited resources, so it’s good to see him get the chance at a big club like Bordeaux. This is a team which badly underachieved last season. Ok, they weren’t helped by injuries but it wasn’t an acceptable campaign for this fallen giant. Gourvennec hasn’t added a massive amount of new signings but he seems to have recruited some good genuine quality. One of those players is Jeremy Toulalan who is unfortunately suspended for today’s game. Jeremy Menez comes in from AC Milan and he should be serious quality at Ligue 1 level. Only Nicolas Maurice Belay is injured for tonight’s match, the coach has everyone else at his disposal. It will be interesting to see what sort of style the new manager players at Bordeaux. In the past he has shown an ability to mix things up so we’ll have to wait and see.

St Etienne preview

Les Verts have had two competitive games already this season, which were in the Europa League qualifiers against AEK Athens. They managed to prevail 1-0 on aggregate after winning the second leg in Greece. Sainte have looked solid, if not spectacular so far and the manager will be pleased to have kept two clean sheets. It’s at the back where they’ve lost most of their players this summer, but most of the departures were older players like Clerc 7 Brison. The loss of big unit Bayal Sall might be felt a bit but St Etienne still have plenty of quality options in defence. Literally all of the midfield and attack stays the same so there should be some really nice chemistry between everyone right from the start of the campaign. For this game, midfielder Fabien Lemoine is suspended, as is striker Nolan Roux. With fellow frontman Alexander Soderlund carrying a hamstring injury, it’s likely he’ll sit on the bench and big lad Robert Beric start as a lone striker. New defender/midfield signing from Montpellier Bryan Dabo is injured.

Conclusion & betting analysis

Sainte won this fixture 4-1 last season in a match which they led 2-0 after less than 10 minutes. It was a surprisingly open fixture but I think this will be a much more low key event. The visitors have looked solid in their two Europa League qualifiers and might have a bit of extra sharpness having played two competitive games already this season. I would imagine defence will be the priority for Christophe Galtier and the number one aim to keep another clean sheet. Bordeaux will be desperate to get off to a winning start under Gourvennec but this is a tough match against one of the better teams in Ligue 1. I think this’ll be a tight & cagey encounter with both teams reluctant to risk much. It’s the sort of game where one goal might be enough to collect all three points. Something like 0-0 or 1-1 could be on the cards and this feels very drawish. I think the bookies have this match priced up pretty fair and I don’t think there’s any real value to be had in any market. Couple that with the uncertainty of the outcome and it’s a clear no bet game in my opinion.

Prediction: 0-0
Recommended bet: None

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