Foot Predictions shows the Ligue 1 clash on Sunday between Bordeaux and Marseille, including predictions, news about the teams and possible lineups.
Bordeaux will be desperate to end a streak of four consecutive defeats in all competitions when they get a troubled Marseille to Matmut Atlantique for the Ligue 1 clash on Sunday night.
The hosts saw the journey through the Coupe de France come to an abrupt end in the middle of the week, with a 2-0 loss to Ligue 2 Toulouse, while Marseille secured their place in the next round after beating Auxerre by the same score.
Two teams that would have felt quite optimistic about their chances of a challenge in the top five now find themselves in ninth and tenth, respectively, before Sunday’s clash, with Bordeaux losing track again after a promising start in 2021.
Defeats for teams seeking the title in Lille and Lyon are nothing to be ashamed of, but Jean-Louis GassetThe team’s team continued its arid walk with a surprise defeat by inconsistent Brest last time in the league, before being beaten 2-0 by Toulouse in the cup.
To be fair, Gasset called on a heavily weakened team for that midweek game – perhaps hinting at his priorities for the rest of the season – so fans shouldn’t read about the Coupe de France defeat before visiting Marseille. .
However, with three defeats in the recovery in the first division – an unwanted record that is only shared by the last two placed Dijon and Nimes – Bordeaux is now six points behind Rennes in fifth place, having played another game, and the Girondins have only kept one without conceding a goal in the last seven home matches, having conceded five goals without conceding a goal.
The hosts have not shared the spoils in their own territory since a goalless draw with Nice on September 29 – winning five and losing four at the Matmut Atlantique since then – and have every right to imagine their chances against a Marseille suffering from so many problems off the field as they are on it.
After a week of unprecedented turmoil that culminated in a defeat by Paris Saint-Germain at Le Classique, Marseille ended a series of seven unsuccessful games in all competitions by sinking Auxerre 2-0 in Wednesday’s clash on Coupe de France.
Dario Benedetto and Ahmadou Bamba Dieng I have the goals that delivered Nasser Larguet his first win as an interim coach for Olympiens – a much-needed triumph that can serve as a catalyst for a better form in the top flight – something that the tireless Marseille fans will demand in the coming weeks.
Although Marseille, in ninth place, have two games in hand over most of the teams around them, a title or attempt by the Champions League is practically out of the question amid their terrible form, with Nantes and Dijon, threatened with relegation, being the only other teams in the division with no wins in the last five Ligue 1 matches.
The visitors are a long way from equaling their worst run without a win in Ligue 1 – 11 between February and April 2016 – and if Larguet had not yet experienced a baptism of fire on the bench in Marseille, history suggests that the 62-year-old will strive to become attractive to the Olympiens’ faithful this weekend.
In fact, Bordeaux have not lost at home to Marseille since 1977 – a French first division record of 35 matches without defeat against a single opponent – although Les Olympiens triumphed 3-1 at the start of the season when Andre Villas-Boas was in charge.
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Bordeaux had a virtually unrecognizable lineup against Toulouse – which included matches for a quartet of teenagers – and Gasset is likely to make 11 changes in this confrontation.
Takes Basic returns from a suspension and is configured to link to Yacine Adli in the midfield again, while Hatem Ben Arfa and Remi Oudin must return to the attack, and Gasset is “very optimistic” that Samuel Kalu can return after losing the last two matches of his team due to injury.
A positive aspect of the defeat for Brest was the continuous hot tide of Hwang Ui-jo – the South Korean international opened the scoring in that game – his contribution to the seventh goal (six goals, one assist) in the last 10 Ligue 1 games.
Marseille forward Dimitri Payet was punished with a two-game suspension for his nasty PSG challenge Marco Verratti – who left the Italian with a hip injury – and can be replaced by Luis Henrique on here.
Winter arrival Arkadiusz Milik has already seen his playing time exhausted due to a thigh injury and he is not available for this as a starting defender Duje Caleta-Car and Alvaro Gonzalez they are both marginalized as well.
Yet, Jordan Amavi is finally back after a long layoff, but on the other side of the defense, Hiroki Sakai it is doubtful due to the disease.
Possible initial Bordeaux lineup:
Costil; Kwateng, Baysse, Koscielny, Benito; Basic, Adli; Kalu, Ben Arfa, Oudin; Hwang
Possible starting lineup for Marseille:
Mandanda; Lirola, Balerdi, Perrin, Amavi; Gueye, Kamara, Rongier; Thauvin, Benedetto, Henrique
Probability: Bordeaux 2-1 Marseille
Larguet is well aware of Marseille’s torrid record on the Girondins pitch, and the visiting coach may have felt optimistic about the 43-year-old duck breaking this weekend, but injuries and suspensions have left their mark. The senior Bordeaux players will be well rested and determined to return to winning ways against their half-table teammate, so we hope Marseille’s wait for victory in Bordeaux will continue for at least another year – a narrow victory at home is the most likely outcome in this battle.
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