Marseille head to Bordeaux in vintage form

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Olympique de Marseille make the journey west to French wine country without having tasted defeat in Ligue 1 Conforama since a 3-1 reversal against Stade Rennais FC in Week 5.

 Girondins de Bordeaux - Olympique de Marseille

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Sunday's hosts Girondins de Bordeaux were third as recently as recently as Week 7, but their own defeat to Rennes in the final league match before the international break - in which France beat Wales and held world champions Germany - made it three games in a row without a point, or indeed a goal scored, for Jocelyn Gourvennec's men.

'A diffcult time'

"It's one more bad evening in what is a difficult period," lamented the embattled FCGB coach after Jérémy Toulalan's unfortunate goal proved enough to separate this sides at Roazhon Park, "We never looked like we could get back into it. We didn't get a shot on target. It's a difficult time. Nothing is going right."

Accordingly, Les Girondins now find themselves in ninth, eight points worse off than OM, who have climbed to fourth. Bordeaux's goalscoring travails are not helped by the absence of Gaëtan Laborde, who has a broken metatarsal, though François Kamano is likely to be restored to the starting line up having missed the Rennes loss.

Defensive reshuffle

At the back, Vukasin Jovanovic is suspended, so Igor Lewczuk is expected to slot in beside a withdrawn Toulalan at the heart of defence.

Whether they can keep out Marseille's potent front line is quite another matter. OM plundered five goals last time out, thrashing SM Caen without conceding at the other end. Coach Rudi Garcia was unsurprisingly delighted.

"It was perhaps our best first half this season," he enthused at his post-match press conference. "We played well, mixed up long and short balls, one-twos, and we had a high tempo, too. Above all, we scored against one of the league's top defences. We've won five of our last seven games, and that's how you get near the top of the table."

No Gustavo, no problem?

Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo - who opened the scoring against Caen - is suspended for the trip to the Stade Matmut Atlantique, though Garcia can welcome back talismanic attacker Dimitri Payet, who, unlike clubmates Steve Mandanda and Florian Thauvin, missed France's recent international exploits.

Clinton N'Jie - OM's top scorer this term alongside Thauvin with five goals - is likely to lead the line, meanwhile, especially given the makeshift nature of Bordeaux's defence. Marseille have not lost to Bordeaux since April 2015. Given the Cameroonian's pace, the visitors will be confident of extending that run.

Possible line-ups:

Bordeaux: Costil; Sabaly, Lewczuk, Toulalan (c), Pellenard; Lerager, Otávio, Sankharé; Malcom, De Préville; Kamano

Marseille: Mandanda; Sakai, Rami, Rolando, Amavi; Anguissa, Sanson; Thauvin, Payet (c), Ocampos; Germain



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