Preview - Caen vs Bordeaux 25 May 19

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Match Day 38
Caen vs. Bordeaux
Saturday, May 25th 2019
04:05am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Michel d'Ornano

Last five matches form: W W D W L
Average goals per match: 0.78
Average goals against per match: 1.43
Top Scorer: Casimir Ninga & Enzo Crivelli (6)

Last five matches form: L L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.89
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Fran├žois Kamano (10)

It's a big one at the Stade Michel d'Ornano on the final day in Ligue 1, as third bottom Caen play host to 14th placed Bordeaux.

Whilst there' very little at stake for the visitors, any one of three possible fates await Caen depending upon the result of this game and those taking place in Dijon and Amiens. They may be relegated automatically, face a relegation playoff, or escape the bottom three entirely. All they can do is win this one and hope for the best elsewhere.

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse of this fixture, with the game in Bordeaux ending in a goalless draw. Caen recorded a narrow 1-0 success in the game here last season.

Adama Mbengue and Romain Genevois are out injured for the home side. Andreas Cornelius, Yacine Adli, Aurelien Tchouameni and Igor Lewczuk miss out for Bordeaux.

Caen have struggled at home this season with only four wins from eighteen. Two of those have come in their most recent two games here though; beating Dijon and Reims.

Bordeaux's record away from home has been pretty dire, with only two wins in eighteen headed into this game. Without a win in nine on the road, they have failed to score in seven on those nine games.

Bordeaux tend to lose away, but they do tend to be tight games, with todays visitors conceding more than once in only five of eighteen. Caen need to win, and probably will, but only just.

Prediction: Caen 1 - 0 Bordeaux


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  14 - 12
Shots on target: 1 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 38% - 62%

Just the one booking for each side in this one with referee Clement Turpin taking the names of Casimir Ninga of Caen and Otavio of Bordeaux.

Desperately poor stuff this from Caen with their Ligue 1 status on the line. True they would still have faced a relegation playoff had they won or even drawn this one, but they would still at least have had a chance. To register only a single shot on target under such conditions against a far from inspiring Bordeaux outfit simply wasn't enough.

What in the end turned out to be the hammer blow to Caen's season arrived in the 19th minute here. Sergi Palencia cutting in from the right-hand side and sending in a scooped cross from towards the right corner of the area, Younousse the man arriving towards the left edge of the six-yard box to nod home.

Caen did exert some semblance of pressure in the second half and registered a total of nine efforts. They were wasteful when it mattered most though and will be disappointed not to have given Bordeaux keeper Gaetan Poussin a tougher time of things. The fact the home sides first effort on target only arrived in the first minute of stoppage time really says it all.

It perhaps shouldn't be too surprising that it was a lack of potency in front of goal which ultimately proved Caen's undoing. Only rock bottom scored fewer than Caen when all was said and done.

It's relegation for Caen then, with Dijon's win over Toulouse meaning Caen finish second bottom. Nice end to the season for Bordeaux who finish up in 14th spot.

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