Ligue 1 – Match-day 20 Sees Bordeaux take on Olympique de Marseille

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Bordeaux at home against Marseille – Friday – 9:00pm GMT – The Matmut Atlantique Stadiums.

Bordeaux currently sitting in seventeenth place, are 14 places lower than third placed Marseille, heading into the clash.

This season’s Ligue 1 campaign, has so far seen Bordeaux achieve 17 points

Bordeaux suffered a home loss to Lille in their last outing, they will doubtless be keen get a positive outcome in this fixture.

Also, Bordeaux have been unable to find the winning strategy now for 16 of their last 19 matches, a habit that must be broken if Les Girondins want to end with a positive season. With 17 points, they currently sit seventeenth in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 3 wins, 8 losses and 8 draws having won three fixtures, drawn eight games, and lost eight fixtures.

When Bordeaux host Marseille, they will do so on the back of one victory, four darts, and five defeats on their own ground.

Victory for Bordeaux would take their points tally to 20 so far this season.

Good Attacking Performance

Bordeaux will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (30). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Alberth Elis (7), Hwang Ui-Jo (6), and Remi Oudin (3). Bordeaux’s defensive record in the Ligue 1 has so far been very weak, with 43 goals conceded in their last games. This is an issue that Vladimir Petkovic urgently needs to address within the dressing room.

Bordeaux’s squad has depth, but even so, Vladimir Petkovic is likely to be missing five of they key players when they start Friday’s game.

Olympique de Marseille have so far accrued 33 points in this season of the Ligue 1

With the memory of their last match, doubtless on their minds, a (1-1) draw against Reims, Marseille will be keen to improve on that result in this game.

Also, slow and steady wins the race, Marseille are showing that they know by avoiding defeat in 15 of their last 18 meetings. Now they have 9 matches won, 3 games lost and 6 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in third place, with a total of 33 points having won nine matches, drawn six games, and lost three fixtures.

Marseille will travel to Bordeaux with a win record on the road that is quite unremarkable, with five victories, two draws, and one losses.

Winning this fixture will see Olympique de Marseille on 36 points.

A solid defensive team

Defence begins with attack and Marseille have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding 15 goals in their previous matches. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this Ligue 1 season. The number of goals that a team scores can sometimes give a misleading impression of performance. Marseille have found the net 26 times (24 from open play and two penalties), but their performance at times this season has been average. This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Dimitri Payet (7), Bamba Dieng (4), and Cengiz Under (4).

Marseille’s ever growing list of players missing due to injury or illness to be a concern for Jorge Sampaoli, ahead of this Friday’s fixture against their opponents.

Bordeaux v Olympique de Marseille – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels Bordeaux and Marseille have faced each other 56 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Bordeaux’s favour (18 – 15). Further, Bordeaux recent form against Marseille has been outstanding, winning on eight out of the last 12 games. Their most recent encounter in this competition was August 2021 and the score line ended up with a 2-2 draw. Previous matches between these teams have been high-scoring affairs and the odds of both sides finding the net on Friday are high (58.82%) so it should be an entertaining match.

Marseille have a win probability of 64.94 percent.

Players to watch

For Bordeaux, Alberth Elis has netted
seven goals in 19 League fixtures so far, while Dimitri Payet, one of their best scorers, has netted
seven goals in 18 League matches this campaign for Marseille.

Other players of note for Bordeaux are Hwang Ui-Jo and Remi Oudin with six goals and three goals respectively and for Marseille are Bamba Dieng and Cengiz Under with four goals and four goals respectively.

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