France Ligue 2 – Lorient v Niort Preview (14/12/18)

Match Preview

There has been a very interesting development ahead of this match. Niort head coach Patrice Lair resigned his position, supposedly for ‘personal reasons’ This is despite the team doing remarkably well in 6th position, much much better than anyone expected this season. Lair instilled a new level of discipline and has especially improved the defence. There were some rumours of certain players not happy with his methods but also he has made quotes about how poor the facilities are at Niort. Either way, I am sure the team will be affected negatively by this development. Lorient are one of the stronger teams in the division and can take advantage of this IMO. It doesn't help Niort’s cause that key defender Ibrahima Conte isn’t available for this match due to his parent club being Lorient. I like the idea of taking the hosts on a handicap here and see something like a 2-0 or 3-0 win.

Prediction: 2-0

Recommended bet: Lorient -0.75 @1.82