Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Bordeaux play host to Ventspils at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique in the return leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. Les Girondins recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Ventspils in Latvia and, as a result, they are on the verge of booking their place in the third qualifying round. It is well known that over the years Bordeaux have turned their stadium into a real fortress and despite the fact that the team’s biggest star Malcolm left the squad in the summer transfer window, we are tempted to put our money on the Ligue 1 side. Ventspils will have a big fish to fry in Thursday’s football match and given their poor away record in the Europa League, home win should be considered. French rising star Zaydou Youssouf, who found the net in the first leg, is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up.
Highlighted Player (Lukas Lerager):
Lukas Lerager is a Denmark international who plays for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux as a midfielder. Lerager began his senior career at AB Copenhagen and he made 48 appearances in the league for the capital club from 2010 to 2013. In 2013 he signed for a fellow Danish side Viborg and, after playing 67 league games for the Greens, he joined Belgian team Zulte Waregem.
In the summer of 2017 Lukas Lerager moved to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, signing a four-year deal with les Girondins. Speaking of his international career, the right-footed midfielder has one cap for Denmark U21 team and he made his senior debut for the Denmark national team on June 6, 2016 in a 1-1 draw with Germany.
Lerager came as a substitute in the 65th minute of the match, replacing Tottenham Hotspur ace Christian Eriksen. His main position is central midfielder, but he is often used as a left or right midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Bordeaux):
Founded in 1881, Bordeaux are regarded as one of the oldest clubs in France. Les Girondins won their first Ligue 1 trophy in 1950 and 59 years later (2008/2009) they lifted their sixth domestic trophy.
Speaking of the club’s European success, Bordeaux did remarkably well to make it to the Champions League semi-finals in 1985, but despite recording a 2-0 win over star-studded Juventus in the return leg, the French club eventually failed to book their place in the final of the elite competition.
Famous French footballers Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana were part of the team back then and it has to be noted that Giresse is the player who made the most appearances for les Girondins (587). During the nineties Zinedine Zidane, Christophe Dugarry and Bixente Lizarazu played for Bordeaux and, taking everything into account, it is no surprise they are considered one of the most famous French clubs.
Nowadays Les Girondins welcome their rivals at Matmut Atlantique, the stadium which was opened in 2015 and they used to play at Stade Chaban-Delmas in the past.