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Matches 31 October 2020, 15:07

Focus on Girondins de Bordeaux

Focus on Girondins de Bordeaux
AS Monaco this Sunday hosts Girondins de Bordeaux, who have the third best defense in Ligue 1 with 5 goals conceded, behind the two leaders Paris and Rennes (3 goals against). Get to know more about our next opponent.

After Olympique Lyonnais, the second most faced team in the elite (108 times), now comes Girondins de Bordeaux, whom AS Monaco will meet for the 110th time in the top flight. The match, a part of the 9th Matchday of Ligue 1 Uber Eats, will take place this Sunday, November 1 at 5 p.m. at the Stade Louis-II, without spectators, following recent announcements by the French government.

Six clean sheets in eight matches for Bordeaux

Ninth in the league with twelve points, Girondins de Bordeaux started the championship ideally with three matches without defeat and zero goals conceded (0-0 draws against Nantes and Lyon, a 2-0 victory away to Angers). If they then conceded their first setback of the season by losing to Lens (2-1), the Aquitaine side immediately got back to basics. Benoît Costil, the Bordeaux goalkeeper, did not concede a goal in the two matches that followed against Nice (0-0) and Dijon (3-0 victory). After a tough match in Marseille (3-1 defeat), the Bordelais came back strong, beating Nîmes last week (2-0). Bordeaux are the team that have kept a clean sheet the most often in the 5 big European leagues this season (6 clean sheets).

Hatem Ben Arfa with a new lease on life?

This defensive strength on the part of Bordeaux is probably the result of their continuity. During the summer transfer window, the Girondins did not welcome any new players into their team and the defense (usually Loris Benito, Laurent Koscielny or Paul Baysse, Pablo and Youssouf Sabaly) has therefore already  had plenty of familiarity with each other. In attack, Jimmy Briand scored his 100th goal in Ligue 1 last week and will of course be one to watch, like Josh Maja, Rémi Oudin, Nicolas de Préville or even Ui-Jo Hwang, all capable of playing brilliantly in the attacking third. It’s an attack which was boosted on October 7 by the arrival of Hatem Ben Arfa, a mesmerizing attacking midfielder who drew a penalty last week and who seems to be getting back to his best.


Press conference extracts

Bordeaux are a good team, one point ahead of us today and they have a very good defense. We have to be careful because they also have good attackers and a good midfield.
Niko KovacManager, AS Monaco

Read the complete press conference of Niko Kovac.

We need to continue to get to know each other and to create new relationships that will allow us to do things well. The coach has only arrived recently, we must not forget that about him. We have to understand everything the coach wants us to so and what style of play he is asking for. It didn't work against Montpellier and Lyon, but we are working hard to earn a victory on Sunday against Bordeaux.
Wissam Ben YedderForward, AS Monaco

Read Wissam Ben Yedder’s complete pre-match press conference.


AS Monaco – Girondins de Bordeaux by the numberss

  • 109 : Number of matches in Ligue 1, for a total of 38 wins for AS Monaco, 28 draws and 43 losses (156 goals scored, 147 conceded).
  • 54 : Number of matches played at the Stade Louis-II, with a record of 24 Monaco wins 17 draws and 13 losses (95 goals scored, 64 conceded).
  • 9-0 : The biggest victory at home against the Girondins de Bordeaux, the most convincing success in the history of the Club in the elite. It’s a record that was set on January 18, 1986…
  • 4 : AS Monaco won 4 consecutive matches against Bordeaux between 2016 and 2018, but haven’t had success in their last 3 matches 1 draw, 2 losses).
  • 7 : The Red and Whites are unbeaten in their last 7 at home in Ligue 1 (4 wins, 3 draws), their best run in the top flight since December 2017-August 2018 (13). The club from the Rock remain on 17 consecutive matches having scored at home in L1, the best active streak.
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