League football returns to France this Friday with Bordeaux hosting Nantes in the Derby de l’Atlantique.
This is a rivalry that spams all the way back to the 1940’s and has lasted for over half a century. On Friday, it is this also this fixture that will be remembered as the game which ended the longest gap between top flight games in France since the second world war.
Speaking of war, the ongoing situation at Bordeaux certainly looks concerning. Just last week Paulo Sousa resigned as manager after an 18-month stint at the club and was swiftly replaced by former assistant Jean Louis Gasset.
It is reported that Sousa had disputes with the club which ultimately led to his departure. Interestingly, a recent poll of Bordeaux fans showed that 95% of them would rather keep the Portuguese manager and lose the club President instead.
Despite having less stability than Belarus, it is Bordeaux who are slight favourites to win the season opener at around the 6/4 mark. Nantes, meanwhile, are being offered at around 9/4.
The Girondins have dominated this fixture over the last few years winning eight of the last 11 league encounters. Nantes, in the same space of time, have only recorded one win against their rivals.
Despite this, one area of concern for Gasset and his men will be Bordeaux’s home form. The club have failed to win any of their last five league games at the Matmut Atlantique which is a stat that will undoubtedly give Nantes a lot of encouragement.
There hasn’t been a draw in the Derby de l’Atlantique since 2017 however, taking into account the current circumstance and the fact that both teams haven’t played a competitive game in months, our recommendation is to back a tie at the current price of 2/1.
Draw – 2/1 betfair*
*prices correct at time of writing and are subject to change