France Ligue 2 – Bourg-en-Bresse v Clermont Preview (9/12/16)

Bourg-en-Bresse preview

  • Unbeaten in five games and have managed to string together a good sequence of results recently.
  • There is inconsistency in terms of their style of play, but seem to have reverted back more towards their old ways of last season which was a positive approach.
  • They have sprinkling of injuries but nobody of significance is ruled out. Bourg had encountered a few defensive casualties of late, but they are close to full strength at the back again.

Clermont preview

  • Highly inconsistent side, capable of anything at the moment. It looked like they were starting to string a few good results together but then fell flat against Troyes & Tours, failing to even hit the back of the net.
  • Won 5-0 in the Coupe de France last weekend with new loan signing Dorian Caddy (from Nice) bagging a brace of goals. He’s a bit of a wildcard who could instantly add to their attack force.
  • Clermont aren't bad, but aren’t great away from home either. It’s been a while since they won on the road too.
  • Left back Karim Djellabi misses out for the second straight game and their other main injury is to goalkeeper Mehdi Jeannin who won’t be seen until the new year.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Both sides can be hard to predict and capable of anything, but this should be a fairly open game. Bourg have shown more signs of being attack minded again recently and have been involved in some exciting games.
  • Clermont really are a tricky team to assess. Literally anything is possible and I have a feeling they are due a good performance again. They have the sort of fast attackers who could take advantage if Bourg leave themselves open at the back.
  • Therefore, over 2.25 is the pick that catches my attention. Priced around the 1.85 mark, this looks generous enough for a matchup between two teams who should be positive.
  • I think Bourg are overpriced as well. Around the 1.70 mark on a DNB line, this looks a bit too high. However, I’m not sure this is a great matchup for them so I’ll leave this market alone.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet 1 unit: Over 2.25 goals @ 1.85

Minimum odds acceptable: 1.70