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Bordeaux to eke past Le Havre in cup quarter-final
09 January 2019, 10:15
Bordeaux to eke past Le Havre in cup quarter-final
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Bordeaux host Le Havre in quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday night. Le Havre are the only Ligue 2 team left in the competition and Bordeaux will be licking their lips with the semi-finals in sight. However, Bordeaux must play well against the plucky division two club.

Le Havre are currently 10th in Ligue 2, but sit five points off of third place. The team has a game in hand due to its Coupe de la Ligue exploits and could fight for promotion. Bordeaux, on the other hand, have struggled to make an impact in Ligue 1. They sit in 12th place and just six points above the relegation zone. Due to form and both teams’ overall play, Le Havre should be the side feeling more confident heading into the game.

The good news for Bordeaux is they have gone undefeated in three of their last four Ligue 1 games. Two of which have ended in wins and there is the very real chance Bordeaux will ease up the table. They average 1.2 goals per game, but goals have been quite difficult to come by for the most part.

Bordeaux have scored just 20 times in Ligue 1 with Francois Kamano leading the way with eight goals. Bordeaux entered the Coupe de la Ligue in the previous round and picked up a 1-0 win over Dijon. Toma Basic’s 66th minute goal was enough to see them into the quarter-finals.

Le Havre won’t be a pushover. The club, which produced Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez, has played in each round of the league cup so far. In the second round, Le Havre eked past Brest thanks to penalties after the two sides finished in a 3-3 draw. They went on to beat Troyes 2-0, before upsetting Ligue 1 club Nimes, 2-1, in the round of 16. Le Havre are not a team to take lightly, but they have yet to come up against a team with the talent that Bordeaux possess.

Bordeaux are the bookies’ favourite to win and progress to the final four. Playing at home will benefit the team as they continue to improve from a lacklustre first half of the season. Bordeaux possess a zero-goal difference in Ligue 1, while Le Havre’s Ligue 2 goal difference is just +3. Wednesday night’s quarter-final will be short on goals between the two French clubs.

However, Bordeaux will find the back of the net and end Le Havre’s Cinderella run in the league cup. Bordeaux will win and fewer than 2.5 goals will be scored.

Predictions for Ligue 1

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Stade RennaisMontpellier HSC
20/01/2019 14:00
1
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Angers SCOFC Nantes
20/01/2019 16:00
X
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SM CaenMarseille
20/01/2019 16:00
2
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Girondins BordeauxDijon FCO
20/01/2019 18:00
1

France Ligue 1 - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Paris St. Germain 53 19 17 2 0 62 10 52
2. Lille OSC 40 21 12 4 5 34 21 13
3. AS Saint-Étienne 36 20 10 6 4 31 23 8
4. Lyon 34 20 9 7 4 33 24 9
5. Strasbourg 32 21 8 8 5 37 25 12
6. Montpellier HSC 31 19 8 7 4 26 16 10
7. OGC Nice 31 21 8 7 6 16 19 -3
8. Stade Rennais 29 20 8 5 7 29 27 2
9. Marseille 28 19 8 4 7 32 29 3
10. Stade Reims 28 21 6 10 5 17 20 -3
11. Nîmes Olympique 26 20 7 5 8 27 29 -2
12. Girondins Bordeaux 25 19 6 7 6 22 22 0
13. Toulouse FC 25 21 6 7 8 21 31 -10
14. FC Nantes 23 20 6 5 9 26 27 -1
15. Angers SCO 20 19 4 8 7 21 24 -3
16. SM Caen 18 20 3 9 8 20 28 -8
17. Amiens SC 18 21 5 3 13 18 36 -18
18. Dijon FCO 17 19 4 5 10 17 32 -15
19. AS Monaco 15 21 3 6 12 19 36 -17
20. Guingamp 14 21 3 5 13 16 45 -29

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