Marseille vs Bordeaux
French Ligue 1
Date: Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Orange Velodrome (Marseille).
Marseille and Bordeaux will play each other in the 18th round tie which was postponed earlier on amid security worries due to massive political crisis in the country. The match is scheduled for Tuesday evening and will be the only mid-week clash in the competition.
Neither of two teams will come into it high on confidence. Marseille lost two of past three league affairs continuing their underwhelming campaign in this term of Ligue 1. The Phocians are now as many as nine points behind the third-placed Lyon and Champions League football will only be a dream without serious turnaround in form in the next couple of weeks.
Can Rudi Garcia find the way to motivate his lads after recent failures? SA win over mid-table rivals Bordeaux could be pivotal and there are no doubts the hosts will be highly motivated to claim the spoils on the occasion.
Marseille vs Bordeaux: Head-to-head
The draw was the most common of outcomes in the history of head to head encounters between these two outfits.
It happened 20 times in 47 meetings.
Bordeaux were more successful with 17 wins to Marseille’s 10, but only 5 of these 17 came on the road.
It is interesting to mention that none of past seven head to head affairs saw three or more goals scored.
Five of past six H2H games ended without a winner, while the Phocians claimed a 1narrow 1-0 victory when teams last played each other in February last year.
Marseille vs Bordeaux: Prediction
Bordeaux suffered a disappointing 3-2 defeat to Strasbourg in last week’s Coupe de la Ligue semi-final. They got the lead through Younousse Sankhare 14 minutes into the game, but allowed three goals within 11 minutes in the second half to lose the affair.
They also lost the previous league fixture on the road against Strasbourg (1-0). Les Girondins thus lost three of last four away fixtures across competitions. Given they are set to play a side which inly concede nine goals in ten home outings this season, we expect them to struggle in the final third here at Orange Velodrome.
Under 2.5 goals FT is a must-take pick based on both H2H tradition and teams’ recent form.
Marseille vs Bordeaux: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5)
Marseille to keep a clean sheet @ 2.50 (1/2).