France Ligue 2 – Strasbourg v Red Star Preview (19/9/16)

rcs-rsStrasbourg preview

  • Lost their unbeaten record thanks to an uncharacteristically poor performance away against Orleans on Friday (1-3).
  • Yet to suffer defeat at home, winning 2 out of 3 games and only conceding one goal.
  • No changes to the squad and they have relatively few injuries to deal with.
  • This will be their third match in the space of seven days which might be a struggle for some players.
  • Usually well supported by a passionate home crowd and can be an intimidating atmosphere.

Red Star preview

  • After a slow start to the season they are unbeaten in three games and won their last two consecutively.
  • Usually a better away side and they have the defensive strength to frustrate any team in this ligue.
  • Still doubts surrounding their goalscoring ability but they look a bit more threatening than they did in August.
  • No changes to the squad and their only injury of note is to centre back Pierrick Cros.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • A battle between two teams who are usually good defensively is unlikely to yield many goals.
  • Strasbourg tried a strange and unusual formation on Friday night, but I’d expect them to revert to the norm here.
  • Watch out for some potential tiredness from Strasbourg. This is their third game in seven days and players in this ligue aren’t used to that.
  • Red Star not immune to this either, but they’ve had an easier schedule of late.
  • Strasbourg generally around the 2.0 mark, which looks too short under current circumstances.
  • The match is likely to be very tight and one goal either way could be enough to take victory.
  • Not the sort of game which delivers great betting appeal, so I’ll leave it alone.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: None

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