France Ligue 2 – Lens v Brest Preview (4/12/18)

Match Preview

Lens had such a great start to the season but now there’s a massive danger of them completely capitulating. Les Sang et Or have failed to win any of their last 5 games, with 3 of those ending in defeats. They seem in a bit of a funk, although can take some comfort from the fact they came from 0-2 down to earn a late draw at Lorient on Friday night. However, it was a match which was very costly to them in terms of injury. Summer signing Aleksandar Radovanovic, who has been one of their best players is ruled out for the season due to a torn ACL. He joins fellow centre back Jean Kevin Duverne who has the exact same injury, although at least he should return in the new year. Right back Fabien Centonze also got injured at Lorient and is ruled out until January.

Brest on the other hand, are absolutely flying. They are unbeaten in 12 games and have won 9 of those fixtures. Right now, they probably look like the best side in Ligue 2 and you wouldn't want to be betting against them. The squad is in peak condition apart from midfielder Jessy Pi who has been on the sidelines for a few weeks now. Brest have an excellent away record this season and have always been good on the road under the management of Jean Marc Furlan. I am really surprised considering their brilliant form, Lens’ poor funk and recent injury problems at the back that Brest are such a big underdog here. I don't usually like backing away teams but it really makes sense taking a +0.25 handicap. A bet that I fancy even more is over 2.25 goals. The visitors are often involved in some frantic matches that become quite open. Lens will be forced to attack here because defence isn't going to get them a result tonight. They should put up a decent fight and hit the back of the net but I fancy Brest to outscore them and win.

Prediction: 1-3

Recommended bet: Brest +0.25 @2.05

Recommended bet: Over 2.25 goals @1.88

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