France Ligue 2 – Brest v Valenciennes Preview (19/8/16)

BREST-VA

Brest preview

The Brittany outfit sit top of the Ligue 2 table after three matches played. It looks like new coach Jean-Marc-Furlan is going to work his magic yet again in this division. Furlan is a very attack minded coach and has filled the Brest roster with lots of good technical players, some of which are quite pacey. He has gotten rid of the ‘dead wood’ who don’t fit in with his plans and so far things have been working pretty well. A lot of changes have taken place at Brest during the summer and I thought it might take them a while to get into gear but Furlan must be delighted with seven points from his first three games in charge. The hosts have no injuries to worry about and the coach will probably stick with the same team that won so convincingly at Red Star last time out.

Valenciennes preview

VA remain unbeaten and have yet to concede a goal in any competition yet this season. A strong defence has been the cornerstone of their success and they head into this match on the back of three successive 0-0 draws. The visitors have a few injuries in their squad at the moment, the most notable of which come in the final third with Lamine Ndao & Sigamary Diarra affected. Many people will look at Valenciennes’ results and presume they are a very boring and negative team. Their defensive record is good but their matches haven’t lacked for excitement. There have been chances created and games generally played at a decent pace. But the visitors will undoubtedly be aiming for another clean sheet and might not be pro-active in this encounter.

Conclusion & betting analysis

Both teams are heading into the match in good form. Brest look much more proactive and confident this year under Jean Marc Furlan, whilst Valenciennes seem really compact and organised. These two teams met in a cup match last week and it ended 0-0 after extra time. Brest are an attacking team but might find it hard to score tonight. The visiting defence has yet to be breached in any competition this season and you have to respect it. From a betting point of view I have no interest in the game. When two teams are in good form and hard to split then usually the best thing is to refrain from betting. With a gun to my head I’d favour Brest, but overall this feels like a potential 0-0 or 1-1 draw. It’s a tricky encounter and also a clash of styles so I personally have no interest in getting involved.

Prediction: 1-1
Recommended bet: None

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