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Bordeaux set for first Europa League point
07 November 2018, 14:52
Bordeaux set for first Europa League point
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The Europa League hasn’t gone Bordeaux’s way this season. The French team has lost all three matches in Group C, conceding five goals and scoring a mere two. Bordeaux lost to Zenit Saint Petersburg on matchday 3, 2-1, in Russia.

They allowed Zenit to make a second half comeback for the win. Bordeaux still have a chance to earn progress to the round of 32. However, they must win the rest of their group matches to achieve it.

Zenit have tallied seven points from nine. Their only blemish was against Copenhagen on matchday 1 as the Danish team held Zenit to a 1-1 draw. Zenit have tallied the most goals in Group C with four, while conceding just twice.

Sergei Semak’s team showed they can come from behind to win on matchday 3, but he will hope his side can start better against Bordeaux this time around. Leading sportsbooks don’t have much separating the two clubs. The French side is in a do-or-die situation and need to get a win to have any hope of progression.

Bordeaux are winless in their last three Ligue 1 games. They have allowed four goals during that run while scoring just once. Bordeaux’s only point from their last nine came at the weekend against Lyon. The match ended 1-1 as Bordeaux take up space in the middle of the Ligue 1 table.

Zenit are dominating the Russian Premier League. They are seven points ahead of nearest rival Lokomotiv Moscow and have won two straight domestic matches. Artem Dzyuba leads the team with six goals in all competitions and Sebastian Driussi leads Zenit in assists with five. He is their main creative player and capable of unlocking Bordeaux’s defence.

In the teams’ previous meeting two weeks ago, Zenit controlled possession with a 54.8 percent rate. Despite holding a better possession percentage, Zenit were outshot by Bordeaux. The French team registered 16 shots with four on target while Zenit tallied nine shots and three on target. Zenit goalkeeper Andrey Lunev made three saves.

Zenit right-back Igor Smolnikov may miss out on Thursday’s match due to an injury he picked up in late October. Bordeaux are facing no serious injuries heading into the vital match in the competition.

Despite Bordeaux’s poor form thus far in the competition, they will finally get a point against Zenit. Playing at home and having performed well at times on matchday 3, Bordeaux will do enough to get a draw. Zenit will continue their stranglehold on Group C and march on toward qualification.

Predictions for Europa League

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Fenerbahçe SK
Anderlecht

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1
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FC Astana
FK Jablonec

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X
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Spartak Moscow
Rangers FC

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X
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Rapid Wien
Villarreal CF

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2

Europa League - predictions, tips, statistics
Group A
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 2 0 1 7 5 2
2. FC Zürich 6 3 2 0 1 4 3 1
3. Ludogorets 2 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1
4. AEK Larnaka 2 3 0 2 1 3 5 -2
Group B
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. RB Salzburg 9 3 3 0 0 11 3 8
2. RB Leipzig 6 3 2 0 1 6 3 3
3. Celtic FC 3 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3
4. Rosenborg BK 0 3 0 0 3 3 11 -8
Group C
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Zenit 7 3 2 1 0 4 2 2
2. FC København 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
3. Slavia Praha 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 0
4. Girondins Bordeaux 1 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2
Group D
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Dinamo Zagreb 9 3 3 0 0 7 2 5
2. Fenerbahçe SK 7 3 2 1 0 6 2 4
3. Anderlecht 1 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4
4. Spartak Trnava 0 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5
Group E
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Arsenal 7 3 2 1 0 4 0 4
2. Sporting CP 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
3. Vorskla 3 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1
4. Karabakh Agdam 3 3 1 0 2 1 4 -3
Group F
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Real Betis 7 3 2 1 0 6 2 4
2. Olympiakos Pireus 6 3 2 0 1 8 4 4
3. AC Milan 4 3 1 1 1 5 4 1
4. F91 Dudelange 0 3 0 0 3 1 10 -9
Group G
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Villarreal CF 5 3 1 2 0 8 3 5
2. Spartak Moscow 5 3 1 2 0 7 6 1
3. Rangers FC 4 3 1 1 1 6 5 1
4. Rapid Wien 1 3 0 1 2 1 8 -7
Group H
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Eintracht Frankfurt 9 3 3 0 0 9 3 6
2. Lazio 6 3 2 0 1 6 6 0
3. Marseille 1 3 0 1 2 4 7 -3
4. Apollon Limassol 1 3 0 1 2 4 7 -3
Group I
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Sarpsborg 08 5 3 1 2 0 5 3 2
2. Malmö FF 5 3 1 2 0 4 2 2
3. Racing Genk 4 3 1 1 1 6 6 0
4. Besiktas JK 1 3 0 1 2 3 7 -4
Group J
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Sevilla FC 6 3 2 0 1 10 4 6
2. FK Krasnodar 6 3 2 0 1 5 4 1
3. Standard Liège 6 3 2 0 1 5 4 1
4. Akhisarspor 0 3 0 0 3 3 11 -8
Group K
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Dynamo Kiev 7 3 2 1 0 7 4 3
2. FC Astana 7 3 2 1 0 5 2 3
3. FK Jablonec 2 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1
4. Stade Rennais 0 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5
Group L
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Chelsea FC 9 3 3 0 0 5 1 4
2. Vidi FC 6 3 2 0 1 3 1 2
3. PAOK Salonica 3 3 1 0 2 4 4 0
4. BATE Borisov 0 3 0 0 3 2 8 -6

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