FC Girondins Bordeaux vs. OGC Nice / Ligue 1 – On Wednesday evening will be played all matches of the 19th round of French Ligue 1, which at the same time marks the end of autumn part of the championship. It is already clear that Nice will go on the break as leading team, given it has even four points more than next in the standings, which is Monaco, ahead of this round. Their opponents at et the end of first part of season will be 10th-placed Bordeaux, which at the moment has big 19 points fewer, but it can boost with fact that just seven days ago it managed to defeat Nice 3-2 at the same stadium in the round of 16 of French League Cup. On the other hand their championship match played last year in Bordeaux had ended goalless, while in Nice the home team won by 6-1. Begins: 21.12.2016 – 20:50 CET
FC Girondins Bordeaux
Of course that Bordeaux’s players will give their best in this match to defeat Nice after triumph in the League Cup, especially as the guests from the French Riviera are at the moment first positioned team in the standings. True, in Bordeaux are very much aware that this time will have more difficult task than in the League Cup, mostly as behind them are three defeats in a row in the championship, which caused to rapidly descend from positions that lead to the Europe to the middle of standings.
Coach Governnace’s players had been defeated two times in last three rounds at their stadium, firstly by Lille 1-0 and then Monaco 4-0, while last weekend Montpellier outplayed them by identical 4-0 away. Right because of that we are certain that Gouvernnac will have to change something in the Girondins tactic for match against Nice, but he doesn’t have too much room for manoeuvre in terms of personnel given that due to injuries out of action are goalkeeper Carrasso, defenders Sabaly and Pundje, midfielders Toulalan, Ounas, Toure and Maurice-Belay, while forward Manez is suspended.
Probable lineups FC Girondins Bordeaux: Prior – Gajic, Lewczuk, Pallois, Contento – Plasil, Sertic, Vada – Malcom, Laborde, Rolan
Unlike the Girondins who are in crisis, Nice won three matches before this one and drew one with leading PSG two rounds ago. Thanks to that result and victory in next round over Dijon at home Nice still occupies the leading position in the League 1, having even four points more than next in the standings, which is Monaco and seven more than third-positioned PSG.
Two abovementioned teams had helped them in the ascend given that Monaco and PSG were defeated in previous round, while at the same time Nice, thanks to Balotelli who scored two goals, routinely defeated Dijon 2-1. What worries coach Favre is fact that his defence is too porous recently so now we expect to see them in more defensive set-up against Bordeaux. Regarding absences, due to injuries still out of action are goalkeeper Hassen, defenders Baysse, Lloris and Dalbert, midfielder Eysseric and forward Le Bihan.
Probable lineups OGC Nice: Cardinale – Pereira, Dante, Le Marchand, Sarr – Cyprien, Walter, Seri – Plea, Balotelli, Belhanda
FC Girondins Bordeaux – OGC Nice PICK
Of course that leading Nice is regarded as favourite in this match against 10th-positioned Bordeaux, but on the other hand we need to know that the Girondines recently defeated them in the League Cup so we belive that this time they can also put up a solid resistance, especially as they will play at home.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.73 at bet365 (down to 1.67 can be played)