Though he is still yet to be confirmed as the new Bordeaux manager, Thierry Henry’s magic is needed now more than ever, but he is not available to lead the team on this one, which could be an advantage for the visitors. The game between Bordeaux and Monaco will take place at the Matmut Atlantique on August 26th, 2018.
BORDEAUX vs. MONACO
Three-Way: 1: Bordeaux +210; X: +229 Draw; 2: Monaco +137 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread 0: Bordeaux +110; Monaco -143
Total 2.5 goals: Over +100; Under -125
A loss for managerless Bordeaux and unfavorable results elsewhere could make them the only Ligue 1 side without a point from three matches come Monday. This scenario would not come as a surprise, as the Girondins are going through the backroom staff changes. Gustavo Poyet is relieved of head coach duty and Thierry Henry will become new Bordeaux manager in days to come.
After starting the campaign with four wins over Ventspils and Mariupol in the Europa League qualifications, Bordeaux lost at home to Strasbourg in the opening game of Ligue 1, while they fell short at Toulouse as well, losing 2-1. Interim coach Eric Bedouet led the team in the first leg of the UEL playoffs against the Belgian side Gent on the road and managed to keep a clean sheet, but the clash is wide open following a 0-0 result.
As well as scoring against Toulouse last week, Francois Kamano has registered nine shots on goal this season – above average for a wide player. The 22-year-old Guinean scored eight league goals in 2017/18 and he already has a couple in all competitions this season, so he is a nice option to back to score anytime at +225.
- Bordeaux failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six home matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals in five of Bordeaux’s last six matches, home and away
- Bordeaux score two or more goals in three out of the previous five Ligue 1 matches at home
It has been four years since the Monégasques lost any of their first three fixtures in a Ligue 1, and they are currently on a run of ten consecutive league away games that have seen them score at least one goal. After being dismantled 4-0 in the Super Cup tilt with PSG, Monaco opened the league campaign with a 3-1 away victory over Nantes, thanks to second-half goals from Rony Lopes, Stevan Jovetic, and Falcao. However, Radamel Falcao failed to convert a penalty in the following clash with Lille at home, so Monaco had to satisfy with a goalless draw and now they are looking to return to the winning ways at Bordeaux.
The captain Falcao scored 39 league goals in the past two seasons and he already has one this time around. With such teammates as Lopes and Jovetic who can create a lot of chances for their striker, Falcao has a good opportunity to find the net here, so backing him to score anytime at +100 could double your stake.
- Monaco scored in each out of the last ten away games in Ligue 1
- Monaco averaged a second-best 1.83 goals per game on the road last season
- Monaco scored two or more goals in their last three away matches
Monaco won six out of the previous 12 H2H encounters (W6, D2, L4) including the last four, while the Monégasques were victorious in the past two meetings at the Matmut Atlantique, scoring six goals in the process and conceding none. Five of the last six H2H duels have also produced three or more goals in total, while that occurred in four out of the previous five in Bordeaux. Nine of Monaco’s last ten away matches have produced over 2.5 goals in total, and although I can sense at least three on this one, backing both teams to score is a better option in my opinion.
MY PICK: Both teams to score YES (-137)
ADDITIONAL PICK: Both teams to score and Over 2.5 goals (+120)