In the first match of the 16th round in Ligue 1 on 5th December, we will see Bordeaux hosting St Etienne at Matmut Atlantique.
Bordeaux is currently 11th in the league, with an overall record of 4-6-5. Looking at their past 5 games, 4 of them ended in a draw, whereas 1 ended in a defeat. The draws were, on one hand, disappointing, and on the other quite impressive. Against Lyon, Bordeaux got a point in a match they should arguably win, as they were far more active on the ball. The second draw, which I must mention is the most recent against PSG (2:2). In the mentioned match against Paris SG, Bordeaux found themselves trailing by a goal in 34′ when Neymar scored for his team. This was the only shot on goal from PSG in the 1st quarter, so the first 45 minutes ended in the scoreboard showing (0:1). The second half saw Bordeaux pushing for a goal and their work soon paid off, with an equalizer in 53′. Only 13 minutes later, it was Mbappe who got PSG into a 1:2 lead, so Bordeaux was back at where they started the second half. All in all, we saw Bordeaux using their ball much better. With only 37% possession, they had 14 goal attempts, whereas PSG only managed to create 4 opportunities. And again their hard work paid off with a late goal in 84′ to equalize the match. This was a huge “win” for Bordeaux and a disappointing draw for PSG who failed to win the match for the first time in 13 games this season. Final score: 2:2
The visiting team today, St Etienne are 8 points above Bordeaux this season with an overall record of 7-5-3 (6th spot). Looking at their last 5 matches, they have won 3, lost 1 and draw 1. In those 5 matches, they have shown their offensive strength, scoring a total of 10 goals, however, they conceded 5. At this point I must point out, they are performing much better at home (6-2-0) compared to their away matches (1-3-2). This is important because all the 3 matches they have won in the past 5 have come from home games. In addition, 9 goals scored and 3 conceded came from the mentioned 3 matches. Now if we take that into consideration, their performance is not that impressive after all. St Etienne played their last match against Nantes, which they convincingly won (3:0). St Etienne had 64% possession, 16 goal attempts and 4 shots on goal whereas Nantes only managed 7 goal attempts and 1 shot on goal. The final result was a fair representation from what we have seen from the teams. Final score: 3:0.
The last time these two teams met was on the 18th of July in a friendly match, when it was Bordeaux who celebrated the away win (1:2). Historically Bordeaux is more successful, winning 4 out of their last 5 encounters. This match just might end in the same way, with Bordeaux winning it. They will have home advantage here and will play against a team that has won only 1 away game in 7 (with 6 goals scored and 12 conceded). Expect Bordeaux to end their streak of drawn games and add their 5th win to their record.
Prediction: Bordeaux +0.00 Asian Handicap
Odds: 1.89 Pinnacle