Bordeaux v Nimes – Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux at 16:00 live at BT Sport
Ligue 1 may have enjoyed an early season break for players to jet off on international duty but the turmoil surrounding Bordeaux shows no sign of abating any time soon.
A selection of supporters turned up for Les Girondins 2-1 triumph over Monaco at the end of August with “Henry 14” emblazoned on their shirts but such a move seemed premature. Although discussions took place, the appointment appears dead in the water after a series of disagreements.
The club’s prospective American buyers and investment fund GACP aren’t willing to match Henry’s salary demands nor do they agree on the number of signings that should be made before the end of the window. Claudio Ranieri and Antonio Conte have since been contacted but no major progress appears on the cards.
Current interim manager Eric Bedouet continues to take charge of first-team affairs and the results have been far from encouraging. The shock victory over Monaco was followed by a dour 2-0 defeat in Rennes and Bordeaux return from their week off a place off rock-bottom in Ligue 1.
Goals on the agenda
Although there are obvious concerns around the club, Les Girondins are still returning reasonable performance data from their opening four fixtures. The hosts have tabled a 50% Expected Goals from open play ratio, which ranks in the top half of teams, with only PSG, Dijon, and Lille creating more chances per game.
However, only four sides are conceding a higher xG from open play figure and that means their 1.80 total xG average from open play is a Ligue 1 high at this stage of the season. It’s, therefore, no surprise to see all of Bordeaux’s league games feature at least two goals at this early stage.
With exciting and entertaining games on offer, plus the visit of effervescent Nimes on Sunday, a high-scoring contest could materialize. Over 2.25 Goals can be supported at 1.80 and makes plenty of appeals considering the tactical approach of the newly-promoted visitors.
Nimes have lost back-to-back matches have opened their season with consecutive triumphs. The newcomers performed with aplomb until their 1-0 reverse to Toulouse, a scoreline that flattered the Crocodiles. Nevertheless, they gave PSG an almighty match thereafter, going down 4-2.
That means the guests’ games are already averaging 4.50 goals-per-game – a trend that follows on from their high-scoring encounters in the French second division. With a wavering belief to follow their familiar approach, another open and attack-minded contest should play out.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.25 goals at 1.793
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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