Mid-table club Bordeaux will face off with resurgent Angers when they host the 14th placed club at Matmut Atlantique this Saturday, for the round 29 of Ligue 1 competition. The match will begin at 7:00 pm GMT.
The home team are sitting at 9th position in the table with 36 points, registering 10 wins and 12 losses in the process. Bordeaux were flying high few weeks ago with four back-to-back league victories, including a convincing 3-1 win over 4th placed Lyon.
However, the situation has changed for the Girondins. Their dismal performance in the last three games including a 2-1 away loss to Monaco last Saturday has stopped their on-going progression in the league.
Despite most of their wins coming in the home turf, Bordeaux do not have the best record at all. However, they are still undefeated at home for almost two months. Gustavo Poyet will be keen to finish the season in high, securing the spot in top-half of the mid-table.
Angers come into this game with superb back-to-back wins against Lille and Guingamp. After losing three games in a row against Montpellier, Monaco, and Saint-Etienne, these recent victories have certainly boosted their confidence as they are three points safe from the relegation zone.
Angers have 8th best away record in the league with 3 wins, and 6 draws from 13 games. Coming fresh from their emphatic 3-0 home win against Guingamp last match-week, Stephane Moulin’s men will look to pose a threat against the host in their home turf.
Key Players to Watch
The return of the Brazilian attacker from suspension will raise the confidence of Bordeaux ahead of the home clash.
With 8 goals and 6 assists to his name so far this season, Malcom is a go-to man for coach Poyet. The comeback hopes of the drowning side will depend on the incredible talent of Malcom, as he holds a key for them in the vital league phase. He will play a major role to regroup the attack and salvage the crucial three points.
Karl Toko Ekambi
The Cameroonian striker, Ekambi, is leading the Angers attack with the inspiring performance so far. His 14 goals and 3 assists in the league, including the last week’s goal against Guingamp, have assisted Angers in finding some resilience.
With incredible goal scoring strength, the marquee man of Angers will undoubtedly look to crush Bordeaux’s back-line.
Head to Head
Bordeaux have 11-6 lead over their rivals in the 22 meetings so far, with 5 games ending all-square. However, Angers have registered 4 wins from the last 5 meetings against their opposition.
The reverse fixture between these two teams ended in a 2-2 competitive draw in the opening week of this season’s league competition.
The return of the striker Malcom from two-game ban will be a crucial factor for Bordeaux ahead of the home fixture.
Soualiho Meite is also likely to be back in the starting lineup after having been ineligible to play against Monaco, his parent club, last week.
Defender Pablo will be sidelined for the fixture, following a knee injury in the previous game.
Jules Kounde will look to take his place at the center-back position.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who played a central role in the win last week, is doubtful for this week’s class due to illness. Similarly, defender Fulgini and midfielder Oniangue are also doubtful for the away game.
Winger Flavien Tait, who impressed in the last game, will look to control the midfield with forwarding support from Toko Ekambi.
Bordeaux vs Angers Lineup (Predicted XI)
Bordeaux Lineup (4-3-3)
Defenders: Sabaly (RB), Baysse (RCB), Kounde (LCB), Poundje (LB)
Midfielders: Lerager (RM), Plasil (CM), Meite (LM)
Forwards: Malcom (RWF), Laborde (CF), Preville (LWF)
Angers Lineup (4-1-4-1)
Defenders: Manceau (RB), Traore (RCB), Pavlovic (LCB), Andreu (LB)
Midfielders: Santamaria (CDM), Capelle (RM), Puyo (CM), Coulibaly (CM), Tait (LM)
Forwards: Ekambi (ST)
Bordeaux vs Angers Prediction
Angers will hold a slight edge over their opposition with the excellent record on this ground. With in-form goal scorer Ekambi, Angers will hope to secure a hat-trick of wins in this campaign.
However, Bordeaux will not back down from the challenge as they will be boosted by the return of their star-forward, Malcom.
Considering the recent track-record of resurgent Angers on this ground, we expect them to secure a hard-fought win over their rivals.
Our Prediction: Bordeaux 1-2 Angers