5/4/13 – 19:30 (UK – Live on ESPN)
Marseille v Bordeaux
Stade Velodrome, Marseille
Ref. – Tony Chapron
Bordeaux travel to the Stade Velodrome in a match that could potentially dubbed the ‘classi-bore’ based on the general opinion of the 2 teams playing styles.
Marseille’s last game came away to Nice, and a disciplined performance ensured a narrow 1-0 win. A similarly tight defensive performance against Bordeaux should ensure that a single goal would give OM the victory tonight too.
Marseille are without Valbuena and so Kadir will be given a starting place, and Jordan will replace his injured brother, Andre Ayew. Cheyrou and Romao keep their respective places ahead of Joey Barton.
Starting line up and formation:
Fanni Nkoulou Mendes Morel
Sougou Kadir J. Ayew
Subs: Samba, Abdallah, Diawara, Bartib, Abdullah, Amalfitano
Bordeaux have not one in their last 3 away games, but over the course of the season they boast a commendable record of having only conceded 11 goals in 15 games. They will be without Nguemo, Rolan and Henrique for this game and will likely line up as follows:
Mariano Planus Sane Trmoulinas
Saivet Obraniak Maurice-Belay
Most people are expecting this televised game to be a dull affair, and I can’t see many of those being disappointed. One goal will likely settle this game.
Marseille 1-0 Bordeaux