October 19, 2012
Bordeaux v Lille: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.2||1.4|
|Goals against *||1.0||1.3|
|Last 5 home||W-W-D-W-D||D-W-D-D-W|
|Last 5 away||L-D-D-L-D||D-L-W-W-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Bordeaux | Lille|
|3/16||A: Montpellier||3/23||A: AS Monaco|
|3/22||H: Nice||3/30||H: Guingamp|
|3/29||A: Nantes||4/5||A: Toulouse|
|4/5||H: Stade Rennes||4/12||H: Valenciennes|
|4/12||A: AC Ajaccio||4/20||A: Marseille|
Lille coach Rudi Garcia is hoping his team have turned the corner after their slow start to the Ligue 1 season.
Garcia's side have won only twice in eight matches so far this season, although the second of those victories came in the last outing before the international break when they beat Ajaccio 2-0 to move on to 10 points.
A trip to unbeaten Bordeaux will not make things any easier, but they will at least head south in more buoyant mood.
"In terms of confidence, it was important to win our last game against Ajaccio,'' Garcia said.
"The team showed the strength to score goals without conceding. Now we go to Bordeaux with the desire to achieve a minor feat, to beat at home a side unbeaten this season.
"Les Girondins have serious advantages in athleticism and speed. They have mastered several systems and are difficult to manoeuvre. The challenge is interesting.''
While Bordeaux may be unbeaten, they have been far from dominant, drawing five of their eight matches to date to sit sixth, five points from the summit.
Coach Francis Gillot has told his players they must turn more draws into victories to meet their targets this season.
"It is important to win against Lille to build on our momentum,'' he said.
"We need to improve the points earned by good results on our own pitch. It is a priority to get wins to stay near the top of the standings, so this will require victory on Friday.''
However, he is wary of a Lille side who are perhaps better than they have shown themselves to be so far.
"They probably started the season worse than usual, but they still have 10 points,'' he said.
"They are not far behind us, and we have only played eight matches. New players like Salomon Kalou and Marvin Martin had to adapt and integrate into the group which always takes a little time. This is a strong team.''