Though they have lost just three of their 15 home fixtures in Ligue 1 (L1) this campaign (W6, D6, L3), Bordeaux come into this encounter after a goalless draw away to Amiens last weekend, marking six consecutive fixtures without a single win in the top flight (D4, L2).
Additionally, ‘les Girondins’ (BOR) have failed to score in six of their last ten L1 games. Meanwhile, the fact that they have kept just two clean sheets in the process will surely be of some concern to manager Paulo Sousa.
Encouragingly, however, ‘les Girondins’ have an outstanding H2H record in the top flight on home soil against Marseille (W32, D19, L4), scoring over twice as many goals as they have conceded (GF 101, GA 43).
Despite registering just two clean sheets in their last 22 L1 away fixtures, Marseille travel to mid-table Bordeaux having lost just one of their last eight matches in the league (W5, D2, L1). The fact that they scored the opening goal in five of those games should be a potential psychological boost for the players.
However, they still possess the league’s second-worst away defence, having conceded 1.93 goals on average per away game. The fact that the ‘Olympians’ are winless in their last 33 league trips to Bordeaux (D13, L20), presents further reason to doubt them.
Players to watch: Bordeaux striker Jimmy Briand has scored six goals in L1 so far – five of which were scored on home soil.
Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin has netted an impressive 13 league goals this campaign.
Stat attack: Bordeaux have scored the opening goal in over half (eight) of their 15 home L1 fixtures, returning a record of: W5, D3, thereafter.
Marseille have been awarded an average of 5.40 corners per away match so far – L1’s second-highest tally.
At all venues, the last four league H2Hs have seen the home side leading 1-0 at half-time.
My bet: both teams to score – YES