Bordeaux v Strasbourg – Stadio Renato Dall’Ara at 14:00 GMT Live at BT Sport
Bordeaux might be in the midst of a major power struggle in the boardroom but on the field Les Girondins are heading in the right direction despite last week’s 3-1 loss at in-form Marseille. The loss ended a five-game unbeaten streak (W3-D2-L0) but Paolo Sousa’s side still sit just two points behind Lille in third place.
Highly-rated Yacine Adli, signed from PSG in January, gave Bordeuax the lead at the Stade Velodrome with a screamer on Sunday, although sloppy defending and poor marking at set-pieces ultimately proved Bordeaux’s downfall in the French Riviera. Nevertheless, there have been positives aplenty around the Garonne.
There’s an onus on Sousa to integrate an exciting collection of youngsters into the first-team squad, such as Adli, and many are taking their chance with aplomb. Former Sunderland striker Josh Maja has four goals and two assists in his last three games, including a hat-trick he scored against Nimes last midweek.
Meanwhile, Adli has been playing alongside Nicolas De Preville as interchangeable midfielders-cum-strikers. De Preville is a player reborn, with five goals and three assists this term, whilst 19-year-old Aurelien Tchouameni has been excellent in the centre of the park alongside dogged partner Otavio.
It’s not all sunshine and brightness, mind. Sousa’s 3-4-2-1 has its faults with Bordeaux’s backline trio of Pablo, Laurent Koscielny and Vukasin Jovanovic lacking pace and passing precision. And so Les Girondins often sit deep, play on the counter, with underlining offensive metrics rarely inspiring.
Bordeaux can overcome terrible travellers
Bordeaux haven’t ever really completely convinced since moving into their brand new Matmut Atlantic home but the Garonne club deserve our backing at an appealing 2.30 to overcome a -0.50 Asian Handicap hurdle when hosting rotten road outfit Strasbourg on Sunday afternoon.
Strasbourg came from behind to beat basement battlers Toulouse 4-2 in their most recent outing, although the Alsace outfit were crushed 5-0 by Brest in their last away day, the visitors’ sixth loss in eight games as guests this term. Alarmingly, Le Racing have fired blanks in seven of those eight contests.
Thierry Laurey’s team have W1-D1-L5 against teams starting the weekend in ninth or above by an aggregate of 3-10 and with 12 (44%) defeats in 27 on their travels since the start of last season, it’s easy to oppose Strasbourg on Sunday.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Bordeaux -0.50 at 2.300
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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