France Ligue 2 – Auxerre v Sochaux Preview (9/9/16)

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Auxerre preview

  • Highly inconsistent side capable of anything. Have already shown many different faces this season.
  • Lost both home games so far and Le Stade l’Abbe Deschamps is never the most formidable of stadiums.
  • No suspensions and injuries kept to a minimum.
  • Two new summer signings who are expected to be important are included in the squad for the first time. Mickaël Tacalfred (CB) & Yoann Touzghar (ATT)

Sochaux preview

  • Unbeaten this season, are third in the table and won both away matches so far.
  • Somehow blew a 2-0 lead in injury time just before the international break.
  • Key midfielder Johann Ramare is suspended, whilst the attacking duo of Berenguer and Sao both injured.
  • No1 Goalkeeper Olivier Werner out for the season, so backup custodian Prevot remains in between the sticks.

Conclusion

Both of these side are better away from home and I would personally give Sochaux the edge here. It’s a blow that their number one keeper is injured for most of the season but Maxence Prevot should still do a decent job. The Sochaux backline is very strong and could be hard to break down in this match, although will miss the shielding presence of Ramare in defensive midfield. There’s always a slight worry about an inability to score with Sochaux, but they seem a bit better this year with the addition of Faneva Andriatsima. Auxerre welcome new striker Yoann Touzghar into the squad for the first time, but I’m not sure what sort of condition he’ll be in. Viorel Moldovan has been using a lot of youngsters which is great, but sometimes you need experience and having centre back Mickael Tacalfred back fit should help them. I don’t trust Auxerre at home though and having already lost 2 out of 2, I personally favour Sochaux to pick up another away victory. It’s worth noting Auxerre have a good record in this fixture and are unbeaten in nine attempts vs Sochaux.

Prediction: 0-1

Betting analysis

The bookies can’t separate either side and each is available on a DNB handicap. Sochaux are the slight favourites, which is understandable. I have to say I completely agree with this line and I think the oddsmakers have it spot on! I don’t think Sochaux will lose the game but I don't really want to get involved here. Ok, a DNB is offered and if this match did end a draw then a full refund would be obtained. The trouble is the chance of this ending all square is probably quite high. Do you really want to be sweating it out just for a push? I don’t particularly fancy that, especially against such an inconsistent side like Auxerre. The goal line is set between 2.0 and 2.25 which seems fair. My feeling is that both teams are more naturally ‘under’ sides but any sort of early goal could see both resulting to more expansive tactics. So there was a slight temptation with Sochaux DNB, but overall I’ll leave this one alone.

Recommended bet: None