France Ligue 2 – Laval v Clermont Preview (30/9/16)

lav-clermLaval preview

  • Won just one game all season and currently reside inside the relegation zone.
  • Their goalscoring tally of just 5 in 9 games is a poor return, especially when you consider three were scored in one match!
  • They have few injuries to deal with and left back Erwan Quintin is the only official absentee.
  • Les Tangos can be a tough nut to crack at home and have only lost once here so far this season.

Clermont preview

  • The visitors are winless in three games but have been difficult to beat recently.
  • Number one goalkeeper Mehdi Jeannin is out of action until January with a broken wrist. This means backup custodian Marc Aurele Caillard will take the gloves.
  • The rest of the squad is in good health and they have no suspensions to worry about.
  • Clermont started the season in fairly poor form but the standard of their performances have improved since then.
  • Have faced some tough opponents recently and this might feel like an easier test.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Laval are one of the most boring teams in Ligue 2. Under the management of Denis Zanko they operate the same in most games, which is to prioritise defence.
  • I expect this to be quite a tight encounter and chances could be at a premium.
  • It’s difficult to know exactly which way the game will go. Clermont will possibly have more possession but Laval can never be underestimated here in front of their own fans.
  • Laval are slight favourites on a DNB handicap which is probably about fair.
  • The game does have a strong draw feeling surrounding it and both teams could easily cancel each other out.
  • Overall this isn’t a match I particularly want to get involved in. I don’t have a strong feeling about the contest.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None