Girondins Bordeaux vs PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Venue: Stade Chaban Delmas
Date: 6th November 2011
Kick-Off: 20:00 (GMT)
With the club’s European aspirations back on track following the win over Slovan Bratislava on Thursday night, attention now turns back to domestic matters against 2009 Ligue 1 champions Bordeaux.
Paris Saint-Germain have not won at the Stade Chaban Delmas since the fall of 2005 where they ran out 2-0 victors. However, tomorrow’s hosts have been in dire straits this campaign, sitting three places above the relegation zone and have not registered a single victory at home – accumulating five draws and one defeat. It is a far cry from the side that lit up Ligue 1 in the 2008/09 season under former Coach Laurent Blanc in their title winning year. This is also their worst run since the 1990/91 season.
Last week they racked up their first win in eight with a 2-0 triumph in Corsica against Ajaccio thanks to a brace from Yoan Gouffran. The PSG back-line will look to quell his influence in the final third along with his strike partner Cheick Diabate. Incidentally, they are both joint top goalscorers for FCGB this term with four goals.
With an average age of just 24, it is evident that a lack of experience is hindering their progress this season. By failing to turn draws – six in total – into wins, it is seeing them drop points when perhaps they should be gaining all three. Tomorrow will be a huge test for them, coming up against the league leaders who are gelling more and more in each passing game.
Unbeaten away from home and a squad chomping at the bit, Coach Antoine Kombouare will play down the expectation of a win but will identify this as an ideal opportunity to travel back to the capital with a seventh consecutive victory. He has named the same squad which overcame the Slovaks on Thursday night with just the one exception, Siaka Tiene (who was suspended) coming back into the fold in place of Loic Landre. Clement Chantome, Blaise Matuidi and Guillaume Hoarau are all still out due to injury. Kevin Gameiro, who started on the bench, will return to the first-XI in place of Mevlut Erding.
Bordeaux Coach Francis Gillot will be without Florian Marange, Abdou Traore, Vujadin Savic and Brazilian pair Jussi and Carlos Henrique. Despite the influx of absentees, he will be buoyed by the fact centre-back Michael Ciani is eligible to play after serving a suspension.
Six years without a win on the Garonne, PSG will be more than looking to extinguish that run come tomorrow night – especially with title rivals Lille only picking up a point against Evian on Saturday night.