Welcome to our preview of preview of the Ligue 1 fixture between Lyon and Bordeaux. Both of these teams would have considered themselves to be perennial title challengers at one time, particularly Lyon, but at present the two find themselves in mid-table, with a lot of room for improvement in their form from their opening phase of fixtures.

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Lyon DWLDDL
Bordeaux LDDDLW

Previous Meetings

France – Ligue 1 ‎(FRA1)‎ Feb 17, 2013 Bordeaux 0 – Olympique Lyonnais 4
France – Ligue 1 ‎(FRA1)‎ Sep 30, 2012 Olympique Lyonnais 0 – Bordeaux 2
France – Ligue 1 ‎(FRA1)‎ Feb 19, 2012 Bordeaux 1 – Olympique Lyonnais 0
France – Coupe de France ‎(FRAC)‎ Feb 8, 2012 Olympique Lyonnais 3 – Bordeaux 1
France – Ligue 1 ‎(FRA1)‎ Sep 24, 2011 Olympique Lyonnais 3 – Bordeaux

Goals Scored

Lyon have scored 13 goals so far this season, whereas Bordeaux have netted 11 times.

Goals Conceded

Both of these teams have conceded 12 goals so far this season.

Team and Selection News

There is huge pressure on the Lyon coach Remi Garde going into this fixture, after the former Arsenal player’s team were walloped 5-1 by Montpellier in their last Ligue 1 fixture. With the club in the bottom half of the table, a win is absolutely essential here if Garde is to hold onto his job. Lyon have been missing some key players in recent weeks, most notably the mooted Arsenal target Yoann Gourcuff, and they will hope to have the creative midfielder back for this match. Bordeaux perhaps have slightly more modest expectations than Lyon, and would probably settle for a point here.

Conclusion

With the abysmal result that Lyon suffered last time out, I can’t see them putting in a good performance. Once you are on a downward spiral, its hard to stop, and Lyon are certainly on a downward spiral. However, with the quality in Lyon’s team, and Bordeaux limited ambitions, I can see this ending as a draw.