Bordeaux vs Mariupol
Europa League Qualifying – 3rd Round 2nd Leg
Date: Thursday, 16 August 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Matmut Atlantique (Bordeaux).
Bordeaux vs Mariupol Analysis for Prediction
Mariupol edged out Swedish side Djurgarden with the help of penalty shoot-out in the second round of qualifiers. But they came across an opponent of highest quality in Bordeaux in the third round.
The French side started slow in the first leg at Ukraine and conceded an early goal before a double from Gaetan Laborde inspired the team to finish with a 3-1 win.
Mariupol had extra time to prepare for the second leg with no games played since the first leg of this tie. Meantime, Bordeaux are coming on the back of a 0-2 home defeat to Strasbourg on the weekend.
Still, I cannot look beyond a home win on Thursday, there is quite a big gap between the qualities in their playing eleven. Even the bookies mark them are big fat favorite for this fixture, forcing us to look for bets elsewhere.
Bordeaux vs Mariupol Betting Tips
FT – Bordeaux -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.72 (4/7).
Over 2.5 goals at 1.70 (7/10).
All Analysis and Tips for Second Leg Europa League fixtures compiled by Aron Wright. Below, you may find the preview for first leg of the corresponding tie.
Bordeaux vs Mariupol Preview
The Ligue 1 outfit are obviously heavy favourites to advance over two kegs, especially knowing about Mariupol’s defensive woes, but it will be interesting to see if the hosts are at least capable of providing a stronger resistance in the first leg in front of the home crowd.
Les Girondins expectedly eased past Latvian Ventspils 3-1 on aggregate even though Gus Poyet mixed up his squad in both matches there.
Francois Kamano, Jules Kounde and Zaydou Youssouf scored goal against Ventspils, likely earning themselves new European appearances against the Ukrainian side here.
Mariupol struggled badly to keep things tight at the back in the opening two fixtures of the new season in domestic league, but they managed to pick up a huge victory over Swedish Djurgarden after extra-time to set up the third qualifying round clash with Bordeaux.
The team led by Aleksandr Babych started the new Premier League campaign with back-to-back losses to Zorya and Desna, conceding six games in the process.
However, the Europa League success against Djurgarden raised the spirits inside the dressing room to inspire the first win of the season in the domestic league as Mariupol saw off Arsenal Kyiv 1-2 on the road on Sunday.
Bordeaux’s strikers should thus have plenty of room to create in the final third and we’d not be surprised to see them bag even three or more goals on the occasion.