Our football match prediction:
Bordeaux made a flying start to the season and many people expected that they would continue to impress in the Ligue 1. However, les Girondins suffered a dip in form and they are low on confidence ahead of Saturday’s football match against Caen. Bordeaux have been slipping down the standings week by week and considering that they often struggle on the travels, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the away team this time out. Patrice Garande’s troops, on the other hand, did well to make amends for a heavy 5-0 loss to Olympique Marseille, with the team sharing the spoils with Nice in front of home fans at the weekend. That certainly gave Caen footballers a confidence boost and we predict that they are going to return to winning ways in the French elite division on Matchday 14.
Highlighted Player (Ivan Santini):
Ivan Santini is a Croatia international who plays for Caen as a striker. Santini was born on May 21, 1989 in Zadar, Croatia and he played for his hometown club Zadar at the start of his youth career. In 2006 he moved to fellow Croatian club Inter Zapresic and at the end of the 2006/2007 season he joined Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. In 2009 Ivan Santini signed for 2. Bundesliga team Ingolstadt and he made his debut for the club on March 8, 2009. The Croatian attacker came as a substitute in a match against 1860 Munchen and scored his first goal in the German second tier. Santini soon returned to Zadar and after spending four years at the club, he signed for Belgian team Kortrijk in 2013. The 190-cm-tall striker scored 30 goals in 69 appearances for the club in the league and, as a result, Standard Liege chiefs decided to bring him to Stade Maurice Dufrasne in the summer of 2015. Ivan Santini moved to French club Caen in 2016 and he has been playing for the Ligue 1 outfit ever since. The attacker made his senior debut for Croatia on May 28, 2017 in a 2-1 win over Mexico.
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.