December 22, 2012
Bordeaux v Troyes: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.2||0.9|
|Goals against *||1.0||1.9|
|Last 5 home||W-W-D-W-D||W-W-L-D-W|
|Last 5 away||L-D-D-L-D||L-W-L-W-L|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Bordeaux | Troyes|
Bordeaux manager Francis Gillot expects to finish 2012 with a win over strugglers Troyes and end his side's winless run in Ligue 1.
Les Girondins have not secured victory in their last five league games but finished off their Europa League campaign strongly with a 2-0 win over Newcastle earlier this month to book a round-of-32 tie with Dynamo Kiev.
Bordeaux played five games in less than a fortnight at the start of December, with only a win against Newcastle and draws against Sochaux, Reims, St Etienne and Nancy in the league.
Gillot is refusing to panic despite dropping so many points, which has seen Bordeaux slip to seventh in the overall standings.
"I told you that the five-match series in 12 days would be complicated to manage,'' Gillot told www.girondins.com.
"We have not lost, we fought to be the first of our group in the Europa League. We have had four draws after the victory against Newcastle.
"I knew it would be complicated because we are in December and grounds are heavy. There is fatigue. We have limited the damage after a month of November when we took nine points out of 12.
"We are playing at home. This is an important factor.The best way is to end with a victory again with 31 points at the winter break. It would not be so bad.''
Troyes midfielder Eloge Enza-Yamissi, who spent his youth career at Bordeaux, knows it will be tough to for his team to secure their third league win of the campaign at the Stade Chaban Delmas.
"They are still a tough team to play and are the top of the table,'' Enza-Yamissi told www.estac.fr.
"Sure, they have had a lot of draws but this is the last game (before the winter break) and they will want to finish well, especially at home.
"Girondins have also played the Europa League and it certainly weighed upon them They know they have to defend well and good players up front.''