France Ligue 2 – Red Star v Laval Preview (16/9/16)


Red Star preview 

  • No1 keeper Arnaud Balijon remains out until November.
  • Their only new injury is to centre back Pierrick Cros, the rest of the squad stays the same.
  • Broke their winless run last week by beating Ajaccio away 2-1.
  • Have generally struggled for goals all season, netting just once before last week's late brace.
  • Now playing home matches back in Paris but it hasn't done them much good yet, failing to score so far and drawing 2/3 games 0-0.

Laval preview

  • Won for the first time last week, snapping a three game losing streak.
  • At full strength in midfield and attack, but still missing a couple of starters at the back.
  • Generally struggle to score goals, last week's three goal haul a rarity!
  • Likely to operate in a defensive manner and be happy with a point.

Conclusion & betting analysis 

  • Both teams very similar in that they usually struggle to score and operate defensively.
  • Each coming into the match on the back of morale boosting victories which was their first of the campaign.
  • Don't expect much of a classic here with defences likely on top.
  • Red Star a -0.25 favourite but the draw risk is too high to back them.
  • Strong 0-0 contender and a match to avoid.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: None