As far as recoveries go, Bordeaux is as spectacular as it is surprising. Les Girondins were flirting with relegation some two months ago, their forays that gave them European qualification last season seem so long in the memory.
Then Jocelyn Gourvennec was sacked and in a show of loyalty veteran midfielder Jeremy Toulalan opted to terminate his contract with the club, Gus Poyet was announced as the new manager.
Fast forward two months and FC Girondists de Bordeaux are inexplicably in seventh place, one win away from fifth, and have won four in a row. It was the kind of miraculous recovery Poyet masterminded at Sunderland back in 2014, but they face a tough year this weekend in Marseille
Marseille look a shadow of the side languishing in the lower reaches of the table when Rudi Garcia took charge in October 2016. Third in the league, only two sides have a batter home record (eight wins out of 12), and only two sides have scored more than OM.
They haven’t been in the Champions League since their disastrous showing in 2013, and with Lyon breathing down their necks, they know they can ill-afford any slip ups.
Or perhaps they can, as since Lyon recorded that famous win over PSG, they’ve lost three on the bounce in the league, and slipped to fourth place. Les Gones will hope their 3-1 win over Villarreal in the Europa League serves as a boost, as they host Lille, a side who haven’t quite shaken off their inconsistent league displays this season.
Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain will be reeling after their defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League, a cause for terror for upcoming opponents Strasbourg.
Troyes and Metz face off in a bottom of the table clash, with Metz knowing a win is a must if they are to get back in the survival equation. Nice host Nantes, hoping for a win that will take them back into the top six.
Ligue 1 Round 26 Fixtures
Marseille v Bordeaux
Lyon v Lille
Angers v St. Etienne
PSG v Strasbourg
Nice v Nantes
Montpellier v Guingamp
Monaco v Dijon
Caen v Rennes
Troyes v Metz
Amiens v Toulouse
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