- Relieved to have finally picked up their first victory last week as they managed to grind out a 1-0 success away at Red Star.
- Niort are still far from convincing though and the general standard of their performances have been really poor this season.
- Coach Denis Renaud remains under pressure. That’s especially the case at home where Les Chamois have delivered a number of sub-standard displays.
- The fullback duo Tristan Lahaye & Jonathan Brison remain out injured.
- The newly promoted outfit have lost 3 of their last 4 games and drifted off form recently.
- The Orleans defence was difficult to penetrate in early matches, but a total of 10 goals have been conceded in their last four fixtures.
- Centre back Matthieu Chemin is suspended & key playmaker Karim Ziani is rated doubtful because of injury.
- Have lost 3 out of 4 away games and don’t seem comfortable on the road.
Conclusion & betting analysis
- This is a battle between 16th and 17th in the table and I expect it’ll be a fairly poor match.
- Neither side is playing very well at the moment and will be afraid to lose.
- Due to recent defensive issues it’s likely that Orleans will come here with a defensive gameplan and make themselves difficult to break down.
- Niort have issues scoring goals so this one could end up as a stalemate, unlikely to open up unless the deadlock is broken early.
- Niort are a -0.25 favourite with the bookies and this looks spot on to me.
- It’s quite simply not a match I have any interest in betting on. I’d say it’s a strong 0-0 contender and one goal either way from a set piece or something could be the difference.
Recommended bet: None