Red Star preview
- Ground out a hard fought 0-0 at Amiens on Monday night. This was their fifth scoreless draw of the season so far and rather sums Red Star up.
- With the exception of the freak 3-3 against Nines, their offense has been terrible this season, scoring a combined 4 goals in the other 11 fixtures.
- The exact same squad that featured on Monday night is retained. Their only absences are keeper Arnaud Balijon, out long term and the midfield duo Stephen R’manana & Ludovic Sylvestre.
- Red Star have often struggled in front of their own fans in the last couple of years. Le Stade Jean Bouin is far from a fortress this season and they just don’t seem comfortable here.
- Victory at home to Valenciennes last week (4-1) was just their second of the season and probably saved coach Fabien Mercadal his job.
- Tours haven't generally had a problem scoring goals this season and have the second highest tally out of anyone in the bottom half.
- Starting keeper Quentin Westberg isn’t included in the squad, whilst defender Roderic Filippi is suspended.
- All of Tours’ midfield and attacking options are available for selection. Their away record isn’t too bad this season.
Conclusion & betting analysis
- The big question is whether or not the last Red Star home match, which ended 3-3 against Nimes was a one off or whether it will lead to more open contests here.
- I personally think it was a freak and that normal service will be resumed tonight. That means expect a low scoring, tight contest with few chances.
- Tours have the attacking ability to cause problems, but they were happy to sit back against Orleans in their previous away game, drawing 0-0. This is a very similar sort of opponent.
- The goal line is set between 2 and 2.25 which seems about fair. I’m not really interested in betting this market.
- Likewise, I have no interest in taking either team. Red Star are a -0.25 favourite which again seems quite correct. A low scoring draw is my prediction.
Recommended bet: None