Bordeaux kick-off the new Ligue 1 campaign on home soil against Nantes. Les Girondins finished ahead of their weekend opponents on goal difference last term and both outfits are targeting a top-half finish this year. It has been a chaotic off-season for the hosts after Paulo Sousa’s departure and Jean-Louis Gasset’s return to the club. The Frenchman was Laurent Blanc’s assistant for three years.
Where and when: Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux – 21 August, kick-off 18:00
Where you can see Bordeaux vs. Nantes: BT Sport 1
Last time: Veteran Jimmy Briand got the only goal of the game in January.
Bordeaux v Nantes Predictions and Preview
After an initial U-turn, Sousa finally departed Les Girondins on August 10. The well-travelled Portuguese tactician had a volatile relationship with President Frédéric Longuépée, chiefly due to player sales and the lack of investment in the squad.
Sousa saw Jules Kounde depart for Sevilla and the youngster is now preparing for a Europa League final on the same night his old team-mates are in domestic action. The Parisian has settled in seamlessly in Andalusia and his fine performances have alerted La Liga champions Real Madrid who are on the hunt for a new centre-half after Eder Militao’s less than impressive debut year.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Bordeaux to win 2-0||9/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||7/2||Offer|
|Remi Oudin to score first||6/1||Offer|
Aurelien Tchouameni, another promising talent, left the club in the following window to join Monaco and is also on the radar of Los Blancos. The duo, plus Lukas Lerager, brought in €50m, bolstering Bordeaux’s accounts in the process and only a fraction of this figure was used to bring in new additions.
Nevertheless, Gasset has a good group of professionals in Benoit Costil, ex-Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and Briand, while Josh Maja and Yacine Adli are exciting attackers.
Elsewhere, Nantes will bank on Moses Simon after the Nigerian sealed a permanent switch to the club. The versatile forward bagged nine goals and also provided eight assists during the 2019-20 campaign and was an instant hit with the natives.
Simon is 13/2 to break the deadlock and will be joined by Kalifa Coulibaly up top. The Malian is 7/2 to register anytime and at 6ft 6in, will have a considerable advantage over Koscielny. Les Canaris are 11/5 to clinch all three points and a draw is available at 2/1.
One to watch for Bordeaux: Adli joined from PSG 18 months ago and after a period of adaption, has been tipped to stand out this campaign. The playmaker is 4/1 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Nantes: Renaud Emond was prolific for all of his former sides before moving to Les Canaris in the winter. The Belgian will spearhead Nantes, with support from Simon, and is 13/2 to score first.
Long shot: Les Canaris only shipped two more than runners-up Marseille but with the exception of Simon, struggle going forward. In the opposing camp, Bordeaux drew 10 of their 28 fixtures in 2019-20 and could have finished as high as fifth if they had converted just two stalemates in to victories. Under new management, a 3-0 success for the hosts is 22/1.