Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 10:32 05/08/2013
French Cup holders Bordeaux welcome newly promoted Monaco to Stade Chaban-Delmas in their opening Ligue 1 fixture, watch a free live French football stream of Bordeaux v Monaco at 20:00 on Saturday 10th August.
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Last season was somewhat of a learning curve for Bordeaux with a fairytale ending as results suffered when they struggled to balance domestic and European duties, but still managed to put some silverware in the trophy cabinet by winning the Coupe de France. As a result they are again entered into the Europa League and manager Francis Gillot will have plenty of rotating to do over the coming season with the aim of bettering their seventh placed finish last term. Gillot has brought in Argentinean defender Lucas Orban from Tigre for a fee of €3.5m and defender Jeremie Brechet on a free transfer from Troyes to add depth to the squad and both could make their debuts on Saturday.
AS Monaco's return to French football's top-flight was never in doubt last season as under Italian coach Claudio Ranieri the red and whites only lost four games and with huge financial backing from Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev their immediate target is European qualification. Under normal circumstances that would be a tall order, but the summer signings of Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez, Ricardo Carvalho, Eric Abidal and Jeremy Toulalan have vastly improved the playing squad and facing Monaco is now a frightning prospect for most Ligue 1 sides. A host of talented players are set to make their Ligue 1 debuts at the weekend and much will depend on how quickly the new look squad have gelled following wholesale changes.
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In eighteen matches between these sides, Bordeaux lead the head to head stats with nine wins compared to Monaco's four, while they have drawn on five occasions. When Bordeaux play Monaco it's usually an entertaining game with just two goalless draws in the past and an average of over two goals scored per game when the sides meet.
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