Caen hosts Bordeaux in round 38 of French Ligue 1. The match will be played on Friday, May 24th at Stade Michel d'Ornano (Caen)
At the end of the season, there is the only intrigue left in French Ligue 1: who will relegate directly, and who will fight for preserving a place in the playoffs. Only time and the number of rounds before the end of the campaign could stir up Caen. For the entire season, the Normans gained 7 wins, 4 of them - in 8 previous games. Caen wants to stay, but didn’t it wake too late? Dijon is only 2 points behind and plays with unmotivated Toulouse. Above it, we see Amiens and Monaco with a margin of 2 and 3 points, respectively. Both clubs will certainly take points, and Caen has to hope only for the failure of Dijon.
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Poor results are not the most important problem of Bordeaux. Dismissals and spontaneous appointments to the coaching position strongly rocked the boat. Poyet, Gomez, Bedue and Sousa held the helm but did not work even a year. The coaching shake-up allowed the Girondins to tie three times and beat Marseille (2:0), but then Bordeaux collapsed in 6 games in a row. 0 points from 18 possible – to be honest, the result is inconclusive. Nevertheless, there is a tendency to increase the defensive power. Lille, for example, scored a single ball in the 1st half. Reims scored in the 2nd minute but failed to exploit success.
The away game of Caen with Lyon (4:0) is called a failure, and rightly so. However, only Saint-Etienne, except Lyon, managed to roll more than 3 balls into the net of a fighter for survival in this season. Even PSG did not hammer the Normans. There is a certain bar, which Caen never falls below. For 3 years in a row, the Normans have been finishing near the relegation zone, but they still keep afloat. They remember the bitter experience only at the end of the season, but they use it very skillfully. In truth, Caen makes no sense to get into the European Cup zone, especially since the management does not allocate additional funds. That’s why the team wanders in search of meaning and finds it in salvation.
Bordeaux has nothing to strive. In this season, the Girondins lit up in European competition but did not show anything remarkable. The reboot in the championship made itself felt but did not squeeze Bordeaux into a stalemate. In 7 of 10 previous away matches, the Girondins failed to score a goal. Fortunately, defender Pablo returned, and the failures in the organization of attacks were compensated by a reliable defense. Are there any prerequisites for changes? The season is played out, and only work in the transfer market, in conjunction with the final appointment of the coach, will allow rebuilding the team. Bordeaux will not stop playing but will not allow the extravaganza.
Caen was under the yoke of fans throughout the whole season. It is understandable - only 19th place concerning the games at the home stadium. Only 0.88 goals per match at home and 0.68 - on the road. How can such a team claim a confident victory with a big score? Mercadal has never fielded his team with the idea that it needs to score much more than the opponent. Outsiders do not need to make a difference; they just have to play the score. It is not interesting for this or that team to arrange a lottery, and therefore the rejection of an open battle will be a logical decision. Let me remind you that the rivals are in the 17th and 18th places respectively concerning the fixture of Over 2.5 goals scored.
Caen will try to gain a minimum victory as well as Bordeaux. The Girondins have abnormally low away fixtures: they score only in half of the matches. Conceding a little more than an average of 1 ball per game, they critically do not fail. In 8 previous away games, Bordeaux scored only twice, but the fans can applaud to Costil and Kounde. Thanks to their reliability, the Girondins save face in these difficult times. Veteran Plasil leaves the team, an he will probably appear in the first eleven and try not to leave on a minor note. In addition, the coach Sousa needs to brace himself so as not to become the next to leave. Bordeaux will be concentrated, and therefore we shouldn’t expect too many goals from it.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored