France Ligue 2 – Red Star v Troyes Preview (18/11/16)

Red Star preview

  • Defeat at GFCA last time out ended a run of unbeaten games. Red Star are generally doing ok, without being anything special.
  • Their goalscoring has improved after a very lean spell in their first half dozen games. I still don't see this team as a great goalscoring threat though. They are good from set pieces but do struggle from open play to unlock sides.
  • The squad is in excellent condition with no significant players ruled out apart form no1 keeper Arnaud Balijon, who has yet to even play a single minute so far this season.

Troyes preview

  • A surprising run of 5 wins in 6 games has lifted Troyes up for fourth in the table, really close to the leaders in the promotion places.
  • Out of nowhere ESTAC have suddenly become a pretty solid team and their defensive record is excellent. Part of me thinks they’ve been fortunate, but it must be that they are actually very good at the back.
  • Keeping a consistent squad and XI has been important to them. However, for this match they are missing the midfield duo of Dingome & Azamoum which might potentially upset their balance.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Troyes aren’t the sort of side you want to be betting against right now. Everything seems to be going their way and it’s clear their tails are up.
  • Red Star certainly aren’t known for their home strength so the visitors might add to their victory tally yet again. They are slight underdogs on a DNB line which is probably about right.
  • Troyes aren’t as effective away from home though and Red Star can be a tough nut to crack.
  • Usually I’m tempted to back the overs in Troyes’ games, but definitely not in this instance! I see this being a low scoring contest containing relatively few chances.
  • My record betting in ESTAC games is so poor that I simply have to leave this one alone. It’s not that I fancy much anyway so I’m more than happy to stay away.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: None