Sports Mole sneak peeks Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash between Bordeaux and Nimes, consisting of group news and forecasted lineups.

Bordeaux and Nimes will both be seeking to recover from dampening defeats when the two Ligue 1 sides lock horns at the Matmut Atlantique on Sunday afternoon.

Les Girondins suffered their heaviest defeat of the season up until now versus Marseille last time out, whereas Nimes were no match for champions Paris Saint-Germain in gameweek 7.

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The staunch rearguard action of Bordeaux has been well-documented this season, as Les Girondins headed into their showdown with Marseille having actually kept 5 clean sheets from six games this season.

Nevertheless, Jean-Louis Gasset saw his typically trustworthy backline breached quickly by the Champions League competitors as Marseille travelled to a 3-1 triumph in your home, with Pablo scoring an own objective after Florian Thauvin and Jordan Amavi had actually netted for Les Olympiens.

However, Bordeaux still boast the third-best protective record in the league with only 5 objectives yielded, and Gasset’s men have been handed a prime opportunity to correct last weekend’s mistakes against a lowly Nimes clothing in gameweek 8.

That being stated, Les Girondins’ ability to keep teams at bay is all well and good, but the Bordeaux frontline need to start firing on a more constant basis if Gasset’s side are to propel themselves further up the table; just the bottom 3 sides have scored less than Bordeaux’s 7 goals so far.

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Meanwhile, Nimes were always going to be dealing with an uphill struggle to extend their unbeaten streak to four matches when they paid a visit to PSG, and as expected, the in-form champions stormed to victory versus Jerome Arpinon’s men.

With Loick Landre being sent for an early bath after simply 12 minutes of the tie, the 10 guys of Nimes showed no match for the Ligue 1 giants as Kylian Mbappe, Pablo Sarabia and Alessandro Florenzi all increased their tallies for the season versus Les Crocodiles, who were not able to develop on 3 reputable lead to the top flight.

Prior to that drubbing at the hands of PSG, Arpinon had seen his gamers battle for draws versus Lyon and Lens along with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Montpellier, and Nimes can look ahead to less challenging fixtures against Metz, Angers and Reims in the month of November.

In the meantime, however, Nimes will merely be intending to prevent the very same fate as their most current conference with Bordeaux, where Les Girondins ran out 6-0 winners in the only component between the 2 sides last season, and Les Crocodiles have actually only dominated as soon as in their last 10 games versus Bordeaux.

Bordeaux Ligue 1 form: WDLDWL

Nimes Ligue 1 kind: LLDDWL

Team News

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Bordeaux left-back Loris Benito was required off in the defeat to Marseille with an ankle problem and is a doubt for this one, with Maxime Poundje ready to deputise if needed.

Fellow defender Laurent Koscielny is nursing an adductor injury and may not be fit enough for Sunday either, while Samuel Kalu and Mexer are both still sidelined.

Josh Maja came off the bench to bag a late alleviation for Les Girondins against Marseille and will be wishing to have actually done enough to require a recall to the first XI.

With concerns to Nimes, Pablo Martinez is set for a start at centre-back with Landre suspended, however Anthony Briancon is back from a restriction of his own and will partner Martinez in front of Baptiste Reynet.

Nevertheless, Zinedine Ferhat – who boasts 3 objectives to his name this season – will sit this one out owing to a hamstring problem, while previous Bordeaux man Yassine Benrahou may likewise not be included versus his former employers.

Bordeaux possible beginning lineup:

Costil; Sabaly, Pablo, Baysse, Poundje; Basic, Otavio; Oudin, Arfa, Preville; Maja

Nimes possible beginning lineup:

Reynet; Burner, Briancon, Martinez, Miguel; Cubas, Deaux, Fomba; Eliasson, Roux, Ripart

We say: Bordeaux 2-0 Nimes

Bordeaux have actually not been renowned for high-scoring affairs this season but should feel confident of returning to winning ways against a Nimes side pushed into a protective reshuffle. The visitors are certainly not expected to ship as many goals as they did at the Matmut Atlantique last season, however Bordeaux needs to get all three points with very little problem in any case.

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