After a disappointing spell leading up to Christmas, Bordeaux returned to league action in good style at the weekend, as they beat Troyes away from home. Having both won and kept a clean sheet on that occasion, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men will be hoping to put together a run and push themselves up the table. Unlike their hosts, there was no happy return for Caen. Patrice Garande’s side lost at home to Lille on Saturday afternoon. Despite some promising spells in that match, Caen probably did deserve to come off second best, as at times, they were particularly weak at the back. A better performance will be needed if the visitors are to take anything from this match.
On home soil, it is hard to see Bordeaux getting turned over in this fixture. It’s not so much that Bordeaux have thrived in front of their own fans this season, but more the fact that Caen have struggled massively away from home. Unfortunately, that has very much been factored in the odds-on price quoted for a home win. The bet that does stand out is ‘Both Teams to Score – NO’.
You would expect Bordeaux to threaten the visitors, but even they’ve struggled to get overly involved in front of goal of late. Tuesday’s hosts did score at the weekend, but they have failed to find the back of the net in four of their last five league matches. What’s more, Patrice Garande’s side have drawn a blank in a rather chunky 40% of their Ligue 1 matches this season, failing to score three times at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux.
Bordeaux’s opponents may also have problems in front of goal, but they’ve done a respectable job at the other end of the pitch, so the hosts may once again encounter problems going forward. Caen have conceded just 22 goals this season, a tally that can only be bettered by four teams in Ligue 1, while they’ve also managed to shut their opposition out in 40% of their fixtures.
As briefly touched on above, Caen are a side who’ve struggled tremendously in the final third. Tuesday’s visitors have scored the lowest number of goals in Ligue 1, notching just 12 times in 20 matches. Unsurprisingly, Patrice Garande’s men have failed to score in 50% of their league matches this season.
Against a side who will look to get forward, the visitors aren’t likely to stray from their main objective of keeping things tight. Such tactics could mean that chances are few and far between at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux on Tuesday evening. Backing at least one of the two to misfire is well worth while.