France Ligue 2 – GFC Ajaccio v Nimes Preview (23/9/16)

gfc-noGFC Ajaccio preview

  • Only lost one match all season but a collection of draws have hampered their progress.
  • Have only scored 5 goals in 7 games, which isn’t really enough for a team wanting to launch a promotion bid.
  • Very solid at the other end though, only conceding five times.
  • They are missing a starter from each area of the field. Defender Francois Clerc, midfielder Jerome Lemoigne & striker Sekou Ciss are all ruled out.
  • Usually strong at home and hard to beat here. But drawn all three encounters at Le Stade Ange Casanova so far.

Nimes preview

  • After a tricky start to the season, Nimes have only lost 1 of their last 5 games
  • Somehow failed to beat 10 man Troyes in midweek, cocking up a really good position and eventually needing a late equaliser just to draw.
  • That sort of match rather sums up Nimes this season, they have failed to take advantage of good situations and without doubt they should have more points.
  • Recent additions of wide duo Kouakou & Cissokho should add to their threat levels going forward.
  • Midfielder Teji Savanier is suspended again and winger Karim Ait Fana is injured. Everyone else is available.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • A battle between two distinctively different teams. GFC are a more tactical & defensive type outfit, whilst Nimes far more attack minded.
  • The last four Nimes games have all ended over 2.5 but they might find it difficult to penetrate GFC here.
  • Nevertheless, Nimes played well at Strasbourg in a similar type of encounter a few weeks ago and will have no fear.
  • GFC are odds-on in some places and I feel like this is too short. This is a difficult place to visit but Nimes are an underrated team who could cause problems.
  • The goal line is set between 2 and 2.25 which doesn’t offer any value either. If I could trust GFC to open up more and score, then I’d consider the overs, but it’s too dangerous.
  • Overall, a match I’m happy to leave alone and no bet.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None