France Ligue 2 – Brest v Reims Preview (26/9/16)

brest-reimsBrest preview

  • Lost just once all season and sit third in the table.
  • They have become one of the favourites for promotion, although have slipped a little bit in recent weeks winning just 1 of their last 4.
  • Everyone is available for selection apart from key playmaker Bruno Grougi who is injured.
  • Right back Gaetan Belaud returns after missing three games through injury.
  • More attack minded under new coach Jean Marc Furlan and they are unlikely to sit back in front of their own fans.

Reims preview

  • One of just two remaining unbeaten teams in Ligue 2 and currently sit second.
  • Fairly solid defence and difficult to penetrate. They have drawn all four away games so far.
  • Their injury situation has improved and the only main casualty is midfielder Antoine Devaux who has now been out of action for a number of games.
  • Coach Michel der Zakarian is an excellent tactician and they are unlikely to take too many risks here.
  • A draw would be a good result for them and they put the emphasis on Brest to force the pace.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Heavyweight clash between two of the promotion favourites and this is 3rd vs 2nd in the table.
  • Brest are slight favourites on a DNB line with the bookies, which might seem generous.
  • Reims haven’t dominated any games yet, but they are a pure result team who have a knack of getting what they need.
  • Reims aren’t the sort of side who you ever want to bet against and will come here with an appropriate gameplan.
  • Brest struggled and lost 0-2 at home facing a robust and well organised Clermont team a few weeks ago and something similar could occur here.
  • I’d say a draw is probably the most likely outcome and this isn’t the sort of match which makes great betting appeal. Both sides might cancel each other out.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None