Bordeaux vs Saint-Etienne:
2016/17 French Ligue 1,
Date: Saturday, 13 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 16:00 UK,
Venue: Stade Matmut-Atlantique (Bordeaux).
Bordeaux will start the French Ligue 1 account with a clash at home against Saint-Etienne on Saturday evening.
Bordeaux finished as low as 11th place and Saint-Etienne sixth in the table last season. A new chapter is set to be opened for both sides to test their credentials to ride in their respective league journey.
Bordeaux are coming on the back of a moderate pre-season where they won 2 and lost 2 from 6 friendly games in the summer. But St Etienne had a terrible pre-season after losing in 5 of the 6 games they played. But the green were already involved in a competitive fixture for the Europa League third round qualifying round against AEK Athens, which they won on 1-0 aggregate.
Bordeaux: Team News
Gregory Sertic and Maurice-Belay will miss out due to their respective injuries, while Jeremy Toulalan is suspended.
Adam Ounas, Pablo and Valentin Vada are short on fitness and are major doubts as Bordeaux prepare to welcome Saint-Etienne to the Stade de Nouveau.
Bordeaux: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Prior – Poundje, Pallois, Guilbert, Sabaly – Toure, Plasil, Vada, Malcom – Rolan, Laborde.
Saint-Etienne: Team News
Both Fabien Lemoine and Nolan Roux will miss the first match of the season dues to suspension.
While the two new signings Bryan Dabo and Cheikh M’Bengue miss out due to injury.
Saint-Etienne: Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Ruffier – Polomat, Pogba, Perrin, Catherine – Selnaes, Pajot – Paquet, Tannane, Hamouma – Beric.
Bordeaux vs Saint-Etienne: Head-to-Head
Bordeaux have met in eighth Ligue 1 fixtures with Saint-Etienne since December 10, 2012 and each team share two wins each and four draws.
A total of 15 goals were scored, seven for Bordeaux and eight to Saint-Etienne.
Saint-Etienne thrashed Bordeaux 4-1 at their own backyard on February 2016, which was their first win in four visits to Stade Matmut-Atlantique.
Bordeaux had lost only 4 times in 18 home matches against St-Etienne, however two of those defeats came inside the last 5 matches.
Bordeaux vs Saint-Etienne: Prediction
The clashes between Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne in the recent season have been very evenly balanced. But Bordeaux will be disenchanted after the heavy home defeat to Saint Etienne by a 4-1 margin on February 2016. Still, they boast a strong home record against St Etienne after winning in 11 of the 18 matches.
Moreover Bordeaux remain with just 1 win from their last 7 league matches, which includes 5 draws and 2 defeats. At the same time, Saint-Etienne fared well in away matches in the league, losing just twice inside the last 9. These stats once again makes this particular fixture an interesting one.
Based on the analysis, this is anybody’s game and there are no favourites on paper to claim an outright win. We are very likely to witness a 1-1 draw at the final whistle.
Bordeaux vs Saint-Etienne: Tips
- Both teams to score.
- Under 2.5 goals.