France Ligue 2 – Nimes v Sochaux Preview (21/10/16)

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Nimes preview

  • Unbeaten in six league games heading into this contest and arrive off the back of a crazy 3-3 draw at Red Star!
  • Have been a consistent team performance wise all season and have been trending upwards for a while.
  • Their offensive strength is noticeable, with especially good wide players like Cissokho, Kouakou & Ripart all in excellent form. There is a great supply line here.
  • No injuries or suspensions to worry about for Nimes, who have surprisingly yet to win at home this season.

Sochaux preview

  • Les Lionceaux travel here on the back of a hard fought 1-0 win on Monday night at home to Lens (1-0) and have only lost once all season.
  • Key centre back Adolphe Teikeu & playmaker Florian Martin remain injured and won’t feature in this contest.
  • Two suspended players are welcomed back who missed Monday’s game. Jerome Onguene (CB) & Florian Tardieu (CM) should go straight back into the starting XI.
  • Sochaux are usually hard to beat away from home and will probably make themselves difficult to break down.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • A clash in styles here between a Nimes side who are usually quite positive and attacking, whilst Sochaux away from home like to sit back.
  • This stadium has been a fortress in recent years, but for some reason Nimes have struggled at Le Stade Costieres this season, failing to register a win in five attempts.
  • They could be frustrated again by a Sochaux team that is difficult to break down and who can be dangerous on the counter attack.
  • Nimes are favourites on a DNB line and this seems fair. A goal line of 2.25 is understandable but just two of Sochaux’s last eight games have ended over.
  • This is a difficult one to call and perhaps a draw is the most likely outcome. I don’t personally see a betting edge in either market so I’ll leave it alone.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None