France Ligue 2 – Auxerre v Brest Preview (10/2/17)

Auxerre preview

  • AJA have won 3 of their last 4 games in all competitions, including an impressive cup victory against St Etienne. They’ve looked much improved ever since new signing upfront Mohamed Yattara joined the club.
  • Cedric Daury’s men continue to be poor at home though. They have the worst record in front of their own fans with terrible 2-3-6 statistics, including back to back recent defeats. This stadium has never been much of a fortress anyway but it’s been a major problem for them this season.
  • Auxerre have no new injuries or suspensions to deal with. The only change compared to the squad which lined up in midweek is that midfielder Ludovic Obraniak returns from suspension.

Brest preview

  • The Brittany outfit remain top of the table and have a comfortable six point cushion to their nearest rivals. Brest haven't been that brilliant since the winter break but have been getting the job done.
  • Just for once, a late goal went against them in midweek as they conceded an equaliser against Clermont (1-1). However, that wasn't a bad result considering they missed a number of players. Brest have the second best away record in Ligue 2 and have lost just once so far on their travels.
  • It looks like leading scorer and key striker Neal Maupay is again ruled out injured. New signing upfront Habib Diallo who has started life at the club well is rated highly doubtful. Right back Gaetan Belaud and winger Bryan Pele are questionable, but should feature.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • It’s been a hectic period for Auxerre and I do worry they might suffer with fatigue here. This will be their fourth game played in less than a 2 week period, one of which went all the way to extra time. The coach admitted on Tuesday that they had a lot of heavy legs.
  • Brest should be fresher by default, but they aren’t in great shape either with injuries having hit the squad recently. With key players affected then it naturally poses some question marks.
  • I think this will be a low key game containing relatively few chances. I don’t think the pace of the encounter will be particularly quick and neither outfit will want to exert themselves much. The goal line is set at 2.0 and I can’t argue with that.
  • Brest are favourites in between a DNB & -0.25 line. Again, this is probably fair. They have a great knack of getting results, but Auxerre have improved a lot recently and shouldn’t be underestimated.
  • This looks like a good match to swerve. It’s capable of going either way and no result would surprise me too much. I would say it has 0-0 potential with both sides capable of defending well.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: None