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Ligue 1

  • February 19, 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
  • Referee: H. Piccirillo
  • • Attendance: 27704

Bordeaux - Olympique Lyonnais Preview: Hosts look to continue prolific start to 2012

Bordeaux - Olympique Lyonnais Preview: Hosts look to continue prolific start to 2012


Francis Gillot's men, on the back of a fantastic 5-4 win over Lille last weekend, aim to make ground on a Les Gones side who have lost six of their last nine games on the road



Marange, Planus, Ciani
N'Guemo, Tremoulinas
Plasil, Gouffran, Obraniak



Reveilliere, Kone, Cris, Cissokho
Lacazette, Gonalons, Kallstrom, Bastos
Lisandro Lopez, Gomis

Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot will be without Henrique, who returned to Brazil this week after the Brazilian was hit with a four-match suspension following an altercation in the Coupe de France game against Saint-Etienne month.

Also missing for Les Girondins is Lamine Sane who is unvailable through injury. Forward Cheick Diabate returns after guiding Mali to third place at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, though Sunday's encounter may come too early for the young striker.

The hosts are set to continue with their formation of three centre-backs and two full-backs in the form of Mariano and Benoit Tremoulinas, which was used to great effect in the scintillating 5-4 win over champions Lille last week.

Remi Garde has no major injury concerns ahead of the trip to Stade Chaban-Delmas with the only worry being Yoann Gourcuff, who picked up an adductor injury, although the midfielder may be fit to face his former club, subject to a late fitness test.

Dejan Lovren continues to be sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury, whilst John Mensah will not be risked upon his return from Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Alexandre Lacazette may also start in place of Jimmy Briand after the former starred in the midweek 1-0 win over APOEL in the Champions League.

  • Bordeaux have scored more goals in Ligue 1 since the turn of the year than any other team. Francis Gillot's men have notched nine, two better than Lyon.
  • Les Girondins are also unbeaten in their last 11 games at home in Ligue 1.
  • In the last five home games, only one goal has been conceded.
  • Ludovic Obraniak has scored three goals in three league games for the hosts since his move from Lille.
  • Olympique Lyonnais have lost eight games in Ligue 1, their highest total at this stage for 14 years.
  • Les Gones have only won three of their last seven away games.
  • In their last five trips to the Stade Chaban-Delmas, Lyon are winless.
  • However, the two sides met each other in the Coupe de France two weeks ago, with Remi Garde's side prevailing 3-1 after extra time.
Mweene; Nkausu, Sunzu, Himoonde, Musonda; Chansa, Lungu, Sinkala, Kalaba; C. Katongo (c), Mayuka


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Available Squads
16Cédric CarrassoGoalkeeper
2Michael CianiDefender
6Ludovic SanéDefender
27Marc PlanusDefender
28Benoit TremoulinasDefender
-Ludovic ObraniakMidfielder
7Landry N'GuemoMidfielder
18Jaroslav PlasilMidfielder
19Nicolas Maurice-BelayMidfielder
11Yoan GouffranMidfielder
-Abdoulaye KeitaMidfielder
21Matthieu ChalméDefender
23Florian MarangeDefender
18Fahid Ben KhalfallahMidfielder
26Gregory SerticMidfielder
11David BellionStriker
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
13Anthony RéveillèreDefender
14Mouhamadou DaboDefender
23Samuel UmtitiDefender
6Kim KällströmMidfielder
9Michel BastosMidfielder
6Gueida FofanaMidfielder
21Maxime GonalonsMidfielder
10Alexandre LacazetteStriker
18Bafetimbi GomisStriker
30Rémy VercoutreGoalkeeper
20Aly CissokhoDefender
22Sidy KonéMidfielder
9Lisandro LópezDefender
19Jimmy BriandStriker
Players to Watch
Nicolas Maurice-Belay
Nicolas Maurice-Belay
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
Nicolas Maurice-Belay is undoubtedly Bordeaux's one to watch after he put champions Lille to the sword with two well-taken goals in that 5-4 victory last weekend. The forward is looking to add to his goal tally and, with Lyon's questionable defensive performancs in recent times, that could be likely. Maurice-Belay is blessed with impressive technical ability as well as good vision which Les Gones must counter on Sunday.
Bafetimbi Gomis
Bafetimbi Gomis
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The dreadlocked striker sat out the 1-0 win over APOEL on Tuesday, but is set to be thrust back into league action as the visitors make a desperate attempt to resusciate their stuttering title bid. Gomis, who has nine goals in the league this season, will need to be as industrious as ever, harrowing down defenders and instigating a target-man approach which must be put to full use if Lyon are to arrest their poor away form.
Both sides head into this match on an equal footing and it is hard to predict anything other than a draw. Though Lyon are in desperate need for three points, a share of the points on Sunday looks the most likeliest option.
Editor's Prediction
Lyon 1

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