France Ligue 2 – Clermont v Amiens Preview (29/10/16)

clerm-asc

Clermont preview

  • The Auvergne side haven’t won any of their last six games and head into this match on the back of three consecutive defeats in all competitions.
  • They gave a very good account of themselves in the midweek cup against Marseille. Ultimately, Corinne Diacre’s men fell short during a 1-2 defeat, but on another day they might easily have prevailed.
  • Clermont probably should've picked up more points than they have done, but often find ways to cock up games and make silly mistakes.
  • First choice keeper Mehdi Jeannin is still injured, whilst midfielder Eugene Ekobo is ruled out too. Right winger Fabien Centonze, who scored a great goal against OM in the cup is also injured.

Amiens preview

  • They could only draw 0-0 at home to Red Star on Monday but are still well situated in the ligue. A victory here would move them back to the top of the table.
  • Amiens have been excellent away from home this season, winning 4 out of 6 games and only suffering one defeat. The way their team is set up is perfect for road games with strong counter attacks and a solid defence.
  • Midfielder Guy N’Gosso is ruled out long term with injury and this will be the third game he misses. Fellow man in the middle Guessouma Fofana is suspended.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Clermont haven’t been in great form and this match might be a bit of a ‘come down’ for them following their midweek cup match against Marseille.
  • Facing Amiens has been troublesome for everyone this season and they are especially good away from home. The newly promoted outfit have been a pleasant surprise.
  • There have been some signs of them slowing down but this is another match in which they'll fancy their chances.
  • I look at all the markets for this match and I simply don’t see an edge. Clermont are slight favourites which is fair.     The goal line set between 2 and 2.25 seems about right.
  • I have a feeling Amiens might take a slender victory. The have a knack of winning these sort of games, whilst Clermont have a habit of failing right now.

Prediction: 0-1

Recommended bet: None