After finishing third last season, Lille are only four points off the relegation zone this season and they have not recorded a victory in five games. Coach René Girard is set to recall Divock Origi to the starting XI in hope that the Liverpool loanee can end Les Dogues search for that elusive victory against Bordeaux.
The return of Marvin Martin to the starting XI means that Girard can return to the 4-3-1-2 formation that was successful last season and it puts Origi back into the two-man attack that suits him more than playing in a front three.
Origi has three goals this season and with the assist against Nantes means that he has been involved in four of Lille’s nine goals.
On Sunday at the Stade Chaban Delmas, Origi should be partnered by Nolan Roux. The more experienced striker scored Lille’s equaliser against Russian side Krasnodar on Thursday, ending a run of 15 European games without a goal.
If Lille is to get something from Sunday’s game, both Origi and Roux need to be on top form, something that hasn’t quite happened this season.
Behind the strike force, Lille has some problems. Defenders Sebastien Corchia, Franck Béria and Pape Souaré are out through suspension. That should mean that Djibril Sidibé and Adamo Soumaoro come into the back line, plus either Simon Kjaer or David Rozehnal beside Marko Basa.
In the Bordeaux defence, there will be a place on the bench for Liverpool loanee Tiago Ilori. Willy Sagnol’s side look to move back to a back four and Ilori, returning from injury may appear at some point.
Bordeaux performed extremely well against Marseille last weekend, but Sagnol is set to make some changes. Malian striker Cheick Diabate should lead the line against a make-shift Lille defence, with the speed and skill of Thomas Touré and Nicolas Maurice-Belay down the channels.
Captain Ludovic Sané will return the centre of defence after injury, he came on against Marseille, but looked less than match sharp, and there could be opportunities for the Lille attack to exploit the returning defenders.
Both sides need a victory on Sunday but for different reasons. The spotlight will be on the attackers, but it will be the defenders that settle Sunday afternoon’s battle in the Garonne region.