France Ligue 2 – Orleans v Amiens Preview (23/9/16)

orl-amOrleans preview

  • Becoming an inconsistent team, hard to predict and have surprisingly been involved in some higher scoring matches recently.
  • The absence of key defender Joel Sami has been felt hard in recent weeks. They’ve conceded seven goals in the two games he’s missed.
  • Sami returns to the squad tonight but his condition is questionable.
  • Key playmaker Karim Ziani is definitely ruled out because of injury and they will miss his creativity.
  • Orleans played very well in their last home match, beating Strasbourg 3-1. They haven’t lost at home since the opening day.

Amiens preview

  • Their four game winning streak came to an end in midweek but they are still third in the table with a game in hand.
  • Have been the big surprise package so far, everyone expected them to be relegation fodder.
  • Still can’t be underestimated and they are playing really well together as a unit.
  • Team news set to be favourable and fast winger Georges Gope Fenepej will make his first appearance of the season following injury.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Matchup between two promoted teams and both have done better than expected so far.
  • Amiens have especially been in brilliant form and currently sit on the podium.
  • Both teams will probably fancy their chances of victory which might lead to an open encounter.
  • Despite Amiens’ excellent start, I personally consider these two teams quite evenly matched. Therefore, the bookies offering 1.80 on the hosts DNB seems generous.
  • Orleans have looked decent at home and this is a tempting bet. But until Amiens start losing matches then I’ll give them some respect.
  • Considering the higher scoring nature of Orleans’ recent matches, then over 2 goals @ around the 1.90 mark is tempting.
  • However, with a key playmaker missing and a key defender returning, I’m happy just to leave this one alone.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None