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Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Bordeaux not vintage so back Gent to progress

Manager Gus Poyet was sacked for slagging off the board

Bordeaux supporters are having a tough time
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Europa League playoff second leg
7.45pm Thursday

Sunday's 2-1 Ligue 1 win over Monaco might hint that all is well in Bordeaux but nothing could be further than the truth.

An average French team, without a manager and in decline, may have arrested the slide by beating a below-par Monaco, but they shouldn’t be trusted to see off Gent in a really tricky-looking Europa League second leg.

Les Girondins were outplayed in Gent where they hung on for a 0-0 draw in the first leg.

That result represented something of a triumph coming just a week after Gus Poyet was sacked for slagging off the board over their transfer policy.

The club have subsequently tried to entice Thierry Henry and Claudio Ranieri to succeed Poyet but Henry has ruled himself out of the running and they probably can’t afford Ranieri.

Caretaker boss Eric Bedouet is in charge but he must do without defender Jules Kounde, who was sent off late on in Ghent.

Gent are unbeaten in seven games and, after carving out chances galore in the first meeting between these sides, the free-scoring Belgians should be confident they can see off the French strugglers.

Gent to qualify
1pt 11-10 Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power

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Les Girondins were outplayed in Ghent where they hung on for a 0-0 draw in the first leg
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