It’s good to see this match get it’s own slot on a Monday night in front of the cameras. It’s one of the few ‘true’ derbies in French football between two fierce city rivals, but at the same time both clubs will always be united by a Corsican bond. Passions will be high, the atmosphere great and I expect an intense game of football. Both matches last season ended up as ‘home’ wins, but it’s one of those situations where home advantage doesn't quite count for as much compared to normal. Heading into the game, Ajaccio are riding high in 2nd place, whilst GFCA are as low as 15th. But form and league position can sometimes mean nothing in a derby match like this one.
I have said before how it’s a shame Albert Cartier took over in charge of GFCA this season. He is a negative and more defensive manager and it wastes a lot of the decent attacking talent GFCA have/had at this club. Seeing him before in big games for Metz and Sochaux the likelihood is that Cartier will just look to play a safe game, keeping things tight. I think this will be a very ‘bitty’ sort of fixture, with loads of free kicks and stuff like that. It’s unlikely the game will have any sort of real rhythm. A low scoring encounter is likely. Neither team will want to lose and whilst AC Ajaccio are currently plying the better football, a point wouldn't be the worst outcome for them. I think it’s a match to swerve betting wise, but I would say a 0-0 or 1-1 draw is most likely.
Recommended bet: None
Player importance explanation: K =Key, X =Regular XI starter, B = Bench player