Monthly Archives: September 2018

France Ligue 2 – Valenciennes v Red Star Preview (21/9/18)

Match Preview

There are strange odds on Valenciennes here. The way I see it their price should be much shorter, at least around the even money mark. Ok, they've shipped 4 goals in each of their last 2 games but there have been some freak circumstances regarding this team recently, not least their red card addiction which has been costly. The level of opposition is much lower tonight though and Red Star have been struggling to hit the back of the net all season. I think Valenciennes can get back on track and win this game and I certainly like the idea of taking them on a safe DNB handicap. Red Star are a poor team and if they were to prevail here then we know for sure Valenciennes are in a bad way, but I still have plenty of faith in them.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet 1 unit: Valenciennes DNB @1.77

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQjlzEU0cvOUi3Pc-s76A4Otp4EXadgRVXpSEXbWjyGaneHWsYUikl3Ce4VtA1KRA1UlbyS14Q0CG-n/pubhtml?gid=1734479616&single=true

 

France Ligue 2 – Lorient v Clermont Preview (21/9/18)

Match Preview

This looks set to be a really interesting game between a couple of good teams but I don’t think I want to get involved here. Lorient remain unbeaten this season, perhaps surprisingly so because pre season I never saw this happening. But credit to them, a big improvement has been made compared to last season. My one gripe with Lorient is who have they really actually beaten though/most of their opponents are in the bottom half of the table. Ok, you can only beat what's in front of you but this could be a much more challenging affair. Clermont have looked really good this season, especially in the last few weeks and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they got a result here.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQjlzEU0cvOUi3Pc-s76A4Otp4EXadgRVXpSEXbWjyGaneHWsYUikl3Ce4VtA1KRA1UlbyS14Q0CG-n/pubhtml?gid=910414655&single=true

 

France Ligue 2 – Le Havre v Troyes Preview (21/9/18)

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Lack of goals worries me form both sides this season. Le Havre will be more of a complete team once summer signing Tino Kadewere is back fit from injury but until then they generally have untrustworthy players in attack. Troyes have struggled this season but I would expect them to improve with the squad they have at their disposal. It’s difficult to say exactly what has gone wrong apart from the lack of aforementioned goals. I could see this being a tight affair, maybe played in tough conditions considering strong wind is expected on the night. Le Havre are the better team in my opinion and might just find a way to win. But the odds are pretty much what I’d expect and this isn’t a match I want to get involved in.  

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: None

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQjlzEU0cvOUi3Pc-s76A4Otp4EXadgRVXpSEXbWjyGaneHWsYUikl3Ce4VtA1KRA1UlbyS14Q0CG-n/pubhtml?gid=1775610483&single=true

 

France Ligue 2 – Grenoble v Brest Preview (21/9/18)

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Grenoble were involved in a wild 4-2 win last week and to be honest I could see something similar again tonight. Prior to that match Grenoble had relied upon defensive solidity this season but they suddenly have all sort of injuries to their back line. At least 3 of the starting 4 are missing here, along with a few other niggling injuries. They just weren't the same defensively but the good news was that their offense finally came alive. The likes of Chergui and Socota who had previously showed plenty of potential finally managed to deliver. I think this will be a tough match for them against a Brest side that is on the up. They have won their last 3 games and we know they are always so strong on the road under the management of Jean Marc Furlan. Even better news is that new summer signing Yoann Court is finally fit enough to be included in the squad. He could come on for a substitute cameo role and cause plenty of problems with his great skill. I can definitely see Brest winning this game but I think the better bet is over 2 goals. All things considered there is no reason why this match won't be open and contain plenty of chances and really I think this goal line should be 2.5 or at least 2.25.

Prediction: 1-3

Recommended bet 1 unit:  Over 2 goals @1.87

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQjlzEU0cvOUi3Pc-s76A4Otp4EXadgRVXpSEXbWjyGaneHWsYUikl3Ce4VtA1KRA1UlbyS14Q0CG-n/pubhtml?gid=406724329&single=true

 

France Ligue 2 – Chateauroux v Beziers Preview (21/9/18)

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Chateauroux aren’t a bad price here but the problem is I don’t really fancy them to win. They don’t look a great side to me this season, and especially lack goals compared to last year. The sole win for La Berrichonne came against lowly Nancy (1-0) and whilst they have grafted out a few draws I haven’t been overly impressed. Beziers have ost 4 out of 6 games but they haven’t been that bad and I thought on Monday night they gave runaway league leaders Metz a decent game. Most Beziers’ matches have been pretty tight and even on Monday night it was 0-0 until the 65th minute before a frantic finish ending 1-3. My best guess is a low scoring draw in this encounter but nothing really catches my eye from a betting point of view. Under 2 goals is maybe some value for those who don’t mind betting under tight lines.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: None

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQjlzEU0cvOUi3Pc-s76A4Otp4EXadgRVXpSEXbWjyGaneHWsYUikl3Ce4VtA1KRA1UlbyS14Q0CG-n/pubhtml?gid=1213051642&single=true

 

France Ligue 2 – Auxerre v Ajaccio Preview (21/9/18)

Match Preview

I think the excuses are running out for Auxerre. There is absolutely no way that a team containing this sort of quality should have lost 5 out of 7 matches. They are massively underachieving but I can’t put my finger on what exactly is going wrong. On paper they have one of the top 3-4 teams in the league but the players simply haven't been able to gel and too many individual mistakes are being made. This match really is a battle between two teams performing well below par. Ajaccio actually find themselves in the relegation zone right now and have looked sluggish this year - perhaps a hangover from their playoff disappointment in the previous campaign. Both should improve as the season progresses but neither can be trusted right now so this is a clear no bet game. My personal feeling is that Auxerre might finally get back on track but I wouldn’t bank on it.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet: None

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQjlzEU0cvOUi3Pc-s76A4Otp4EXadgRVXpSEXbWjyGaneHWsYUikl3Ce4VtA1KRA1UlbyS14Q0CG-n/pubhtml?gid=1048372943&single=true

 

France Ligue 2 – GFC Ajaccio v Nancy Preview (21/9/18)

Match Preview

I personally see this match as a home win and I’m surprised such a big price is available on GFCA. They are usually a pretty strong home team and hard to beat on their island home. To put it quite simply, Nancy don’t look like beating even the local Dog and Duck pub right now! They have lost every single match this season and have yet to even score a single goal! Manager Didier Tholot is on the rack and his days might be numbered. He’s made some interesting decisions here, dropping Pape Sane and Amien Bassi completely. Both haven’t been in good form so it might be a good thing but he is a man under serious pressure. I expect Nancy will go down fighting but GFCA are the better team so taking them on a -0.25 handicap makes sense. It’s possible they might only need one goal to win considering Nancy’s terrible offensive record.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet 1 unit: GFCA -0.25 @1.91

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQjlzEU0cvOUi3Pc-s76A4Otp4EXadgRVXpSEXbWjyGaneHWsYUikl3Ce4VtA1KRA1UlbyS14Q0CG-n/pubhtml?gid=1934953114&single=true

France Ligue 2 – Sochaux v Orleans Preview (21/9/18)

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Not the easiest game to predict here. Orleans were awful this season in the first few rounds but have found their feet a bit with a couple of recent victories. They’ve lost all their away games thus far but this won’t be as a tough as going to places like Metz or Le Havre. Sochaux have been up and down but  have won their last couple of home games to nil, which is a positive. My best guess is an over 2.5 match which Sochaux just about claim victory in, but I can’t be sure. Fixtures between these teams last season ended 3-3 and 3-2 so perhaps we could be in for an entertaining affair.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet: None

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQjlzEU0cvOUi3Pc-s76A4Otp4EXadgRVXpSEXbWjyGaneHWsYUikl3Ce4VtA1KRA1UlbyS14Q0CG-n/pubhtml?gid=1331564219&single=true

 

France Ligue 2 – Round 5 (24-27 Aug 2018)

Time (BST)
Friday 24th August
19:00
Ajaccio
vs Lorient Preview
19:00
Brest
vs Le Havre Preview
19:00
Clermont
vs Sochaux Preview
19:00
Grenoble
vs Chateauroux Preview
19:00
Nancy
vs Niort Preview
19:00
Orleans
vs Paris FC Preview
19:00
Red Star
vs Auxerre Preview
19:00
Troyes
vs Metz Preview
Saturday 25th August
14:00
Beziers
vs Lens Preview
Monday 27th August April
19:45
Valenciennes
vs GFC Ajaccio Preview