Saint-Etienne are set to be without key players at both ends of the field.
Striker Brandao has a hamstring injury, and defender Jean-Pascal Mignot is out with an ankle problem.
Ismael Diomande and Banel Nicolita are both still on the sidelines while Alejandro Alonso is suspended after being sent-off against Lyon.
Bordeaux welcome Saint-Etienne to the Stade Chaban Delmas hoping to get back to winning ways following two consecutive draws against Sochaux and Reims.
Les Girondins have proven to be a difficult side to break down all term, but Francis Gillot will undoubtedly feel that his charges have let too many points slip away and will be eager for that to change if Bordeaux are to trouble the teams in the upper echelons of the division.
Saint-Etienne have much of the season near the top of the table, but they saw their unlikely title challenge dealt a blow as they fell to a 1-0 defeat in the Rhone derby against Lyon.
Les Verts have not won in their last three encounters, and with Bordeaux yet to lose at home, they face a difficult task if they are to bring that unwanted run to an end.
Expect an entertaining but tight game, and with neither side particularly proficient in attack in recent weeks, a low scoring draw is perhaps the most likely outcome.
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