Ligue 1 Preview: Fiery war waits Lorient and Bordeaux

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Updated: September 20, 2013
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Neither Lorient nor Bordeaux debuted in the Ligue 1 new season with a remarkable start, causing a slight coldshouldering from both football fans and online bookies. Both sides were slammed in their curtain raiser by their respective opponents, Lille for Lorient 1-0 and Monaco for Bordeaux 2-0. Current table rankings place the former at number 14 while the latter at number 16. In this upcoming (September 21) match between these teams, a neck-and-neck battle must be expected. Both sides are aiming to improve their status and winning this tourney is one way to do that.

 

Home side Lorient have four players sidelined: Aliadiere, Traore, Coutadeur, and Quercia. This means that Les Merlus need to maximize the skills of their remaining and substitute players in order to avoid further complications. The side have been defeated thrice in the competition and they cannot afford to obtain another loss. But it is not all bad news for Christian Gourcuff’s players; in fact, they have also won in two tourneys against other equally aggressive opponents—Nantes 2-1 and Valenciennes 1-0. In total, Lorient have already accumulated three goals, but still need generous improvement to cancel out their -2 goal difference.

 

Bordeaux’s visit to the Stade du Moustoir will mark their third time to play as away in the tournament. Their season opener saw Monaco dominate the entire clash, achieving two heavyweight goals via Riviere and Falcao, and leaving Les Girondins without any inning. Their second and third stints, however, brought some thrillers—drawing with Toulouse 1-1 and lording Bastia over 1-0. Defeats were again incurred when they fought against Saint-Etienne 1-2 and PSG 0-2. Francis Gillot’s men have already conceded seven goals in five matches and have only amassed four points so far. Three prolific players are in doubt to turn up in their upcoming match (or matches) which indicates a potential weak spot for their opponents to take advantage of.

 

Compared to their first six matches last season, both Lorient and Bordeaux have drastically declined this term. But in terms of each side’s capacity to outclass their adversary, Bordeaux might have the greater chance of ending this match successfully. Of the squads’ past five matches, Lorient only managed to win once, while Bordeaux have brought home the bacon thrice. The rest were draws.

 

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