Bordeaux v Valencia preview
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Michel Pavon's side currently lie in 11th place in Le Championnat and, with only seven league games left, hopes are fading of a Uefa Cup place for next season.
Having been knocked out of both domestic cup competitions, Bordeaux's campaign rests on overturning the odds against Valencia.
The home side's task has been made more difficult by the absence of striker Jean-Claude Darcheville, ruled out after suffering a recurrence of an injury to his right knee.
The 20-year-old Marouane Chamakh will lead the attack in his absence.
Pascal Feindouno has recovered from an abdominal problem, while Herve Alicarte and Deivid De Souze are available again after injury.
The Che travel to Bordeaux with the tag of favourites, but without two key players in Vicente (pictured) and Miguel Angulo.
Both midfield players were rated doubtful for the game, and have now succumbed to their respective ailments - an ankle strain and bronchitis
They join Pablo Aimar, who has a groin injury, defender Fabio Aurelio and goalkeeper Andres Palop on the sidelines.
Le Mestalla coach Rafael Benitez will have to make changes to the side that beat Murcia at the weekend but victory over the two legs could put the Spaniards in their first Uefa Cup semi-final for 40 years.