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OL visit Bordeaux will all three points in mind

Published on 26 April 2019 at 7:00 AM
Bordeaux – OL : Enchaîner et rien d’autre ! (vendredi, 20h45)
Lyon are set to open Match Day 34 of Ligue 1 Conforama Friday night at the Atlantic Matmut, in a crucial game for their goal of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

The context  

Lyon are coming off a much-needed 2-1 win over Angers last Friday that gave them some breathing room in the L1 standings. After dropping their last three games in all competitions, Bruno Genesio's men were able to get back on track and keep hold of third place thanks to three crucial points. Save for an unfortunate defensive lapse that led to a late own-goal, OL re-discovered their solid form - most notably Houssem Aouar, who showed traces of his brilliant self with two spectacular assists, for Memphis and Martin Terrier, respectively.

 

The challenge

It's another must-win game for Les Gones, who'll need to leave Bordeaux with maximum points if they hope to keep Saint-Etienne and Marseille at bay with both teams nipping at their heels. Especially since both will in front of their home crowds on Sunday. A victory would also put pressure on Lille, who dropped two points last weekend at Toulouse (0-0). The talented but inexperienced LOSC squad may be feeling the heat of the final run-in, which could possibly lead to a late-season collapse. That's why every game at this stage is crucial ahead of their May 5 showdown at Groupama Stadium.  

 

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The opponent

Things have been tough this season for Bordeaux, due in large part to head coaching and general manager overhauls that clearly took their toll throughout the 2018-19 campaign. Mired in 14th place in the L1 standings, Les Girondins have little to play for as relegation has all but been avoided. Thanks to a 10-point advantage over Dijon, Ligue 2 seems unlikely for Les marine et blanc, but they'll still be looking to get back to winning ways against OL after suffering two straight league defeats, against Nîmes ( 2-1) and Saint-Etienne (3-0).

 

Who's in, who's out

Genesio announced as early as last week that Ferland Mendy would make his comeback from injury against Bordeaux. The left back trained normally with the OL squad throughout the week, so he should retake his place in the starting lineup - unlike Rafael, ruled out due to injury. 

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