May 18, 2013
Troyes v Bordeaux: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.3||0.9|
|Goals against *||1.3||0.8|
|Last 5 home||W-W-L-D-W||W-W-D-W-D|
|Last 5 away||L-W-L-W-L||L-D-D-L-D|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Troyes | Bordeaux|
Troyes forward Marcos is hoping to help set up a dramatic final day relegation escape - and also gain revenge for the midweek Coupe de France exit at the hands of Bordeaux - when his side host Les Girondins again tomorrow.
The hosts go into the clash in 19th place in Ligue 1, three points adrift of safety, but having won their last two league games, against fellow strugglers Evian and Ajaccio.
That has given them renewed hope of beating the drop and Marcos is determined that the midweek setback against Francis Gillot's men in the semi-finals of the Coupe will not derail them from their primary objective this season.
The Brazilian told the club's official website: "It will not be the same game, the cup is different but it should be as difficult.
"We should be well rested after our efforts on Tuesday and be able to just focus on this game, because it is important to win.
"Then we can go on and complete the feat at Valenciennes a week later on the final day of the season.''
It will, realistically, require two wins for Troyes to escape but Marcos is adamant it is possible.
"There are six points to go for and we are not thinking of anything else,'' he added.
"We want these six points because we do not deserve the place that is now ours. We're better than that. It has been proved in the second half of the season.
"I hope the bit of luck that we have not had will come our way at the end of the season.''
Eighth-placed Bordeaux have little to play for in the league and will concentrate their efforts towards the Coupe de France final against Evian at the end of the month.
Winger Julien Faubert admits the players will be using the remaining Ligue 1 games as part of the build-up to the showpiece event.
The former West Ham and Real Madrid man said: "We cannot be complacent. The championship is good preparation for the final.
"The next game is at Troyes, they imposed a hard style against us (in midweek).
"It is up to us to impose our style in future.''