France Ligue 2 – Laval v GFC Ajaccio Preview (19/8/16)


Laval preview

Les Tangos have drawn 2 out of 3 matches and been involved in some low scoring contests, which is certainly no surprise. They are the sort of team who will often end all square and rarely gamble for victory if they are level with 10 mins left. Laval have a very limited squad and I fully expect them to be within the lower reaches of the table for most of the season. Denis Zanko’s men will be hard to beat though and he’ll organise the troops well with strong discipline. Zanko is currently without three first choice starters at the back though. The centre back duo of Appindangoye & Couturier are both injured, as is goalkeeper Lionel Cappone. Winger/playmaker Chris Malonga is another casualty for them. The hosts don’t have a big squad so it can be quite a strain on resources when they have a lot of players injured.

GFC Ajaccio preview

The Corsicans have drawn 2 of their 3 games as well but remain unbeaten this season. In their one previous away match, victory was obtained at Auxerre. New coach Jean Luc Vanucci was pretty good on the road at his previous club and maybe the same will occur with GFC. That's despite the fact that the visitors aren't really renowned for being that great on their travels. On paper they have one of the better squads in the ligue and my only slight concern with them is a potential lack of goals. To counteract that, new signing Robert Maah has been added recently and they’ll hope he can add to their firepower. This is certainly a team that has to be respected and they have good all round strength especially in defence and midfield. Old centre back Jeremie Brechet is injured, along with Amos Youga in the middle. Apart from that, they have a full squad from which to chose from

Conclusion & betting analysis

I don’t expect this to be much of a classic. It’s a toss up between this match and Niort v Tours for which match to avoid watching tonight! Laval are renowned for their negativity and would be happy with a home draw facing a more favoured team. This could be a 0-0 or the sort of game that if either side is to win, then 1-0 is the likely scoreline. From a betting point of view nothing interests me. GFC are the favourites with the bookies but I don’t really like the idea of backing them here. Laval is never the easiest place to visit and if they sneakd a goal then the hosts could maybe grind out an ugly 1-0 type victory. The goal line is set at 1.75 and this actually seems quite fair. I don't expect many to be scored and a tight cagey encounter is to be expected. I’m going to predict an away win, but 0-0 wouldn't surprise me.

Prediction: 0-1
Recommended bet: None

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