Lyon will look to extend their winning start to the new Ligue 1 season when they travel to Bordeaux on Friday night (8:00pm kick-off).
Last season’s Champions League semi-finalists were thrown right into the deep end at the end of last month, kick starting the 2020/21 campaign less than 10 days after their defeat in Lisbon to Bayern Munich.
Any suggestions of a hangover were swiftly put to bed as Rudi Garcia oversaw an impressive 4-1 win against Dijon, with Memphis Depay helping himself to an opening day hat-trick.
Bordeaux have also made a positive start to the new season, drawing against Nantes on the opening weekend, before following up with a 2-0 victory over Angers, with Jean Louis Gasset’s side keeping consecutive clean sheets in the process.
The Girondins will want to continue this hot streak, but can they pull off what would be an early-season upset, or will Garcia rally the troops and make it two wins on the bounce as Lyon look to improve upon their seventh-place finish from last season?
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Bordeaux & Lyon’s previous line-ups:
- Bordeaux (vs Angers): Costil; Sabaly, Baysse, Koscielny, Benito; Otavio, Basic, Hwang, De Preville, Oudin; Maja.
- Lyon (vs Dijon): Lopes; Denayer, Marcelo, Marcal*; Dubois, Caqueret, Guimaraes, Cornet; Depay, Ekambi, Dembele.
Garcia will have a pretty big void in his defence to deal with following the sale of Marcal to Wolves last week. The Brazilian was replaced in the previous match by Joachim Andersen so expect the towering Dane to make the starting XI against Bordeaux.
Players to watch:
- Bordeaux: With a lethal strike force lying in wait, Gasset will have to organise his defence and keep things tight at the back. Experience could play a key part here against a frontline with the verve of Depay and Karl Toko Ekambi, so having a player with Laurent Koscielny‘s leadership qualities and maturity to call upon will be huge. The former Arsenal defender turns 35 on Thursday so will be looking to pick up a belated birthday present with three points against Lyon.
- Lyon: Much has been made of Lyon’s imperious attacking unit, but it’s the midfield where the whole operation really comes together. Bruno Guimaraes has proven an excellent addition since trading Brazil for the Groupama Stadium earlier this year. An intelligent midfield enforcer, Guimaraes really greases the wheels and keeps things ticking over for Lyon. His presence in the middle of the park will again be key on Friday night.