France Ligue 2 – Niort v Sochaux Preview (2/4/19)

Match Preview

Both teams suffered a setback last week. Niort lost 0-1 away at Le Mans when goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe made a horrendous error to gift the opposition a goal. It is now 6 winless games for Niort who are maybe starting to show their limitations again. They’ve done well to rack up 14 points so far but it will be a long campaign battling against relegation considering what they have on paper. Sochaux are up as high as 5th in the table but lost to Ajaccio at home last week. A crucial missed penalty when the scoreline was 0-0 proved to be the big difference. I would expect Le Lionceaux to be able to bounce back here in what is likely to be a low scoring affair. Niort played in the midweek cup and lost vs Toulouse 1-2. The hosts have absences at the back where Sans, Lapis, Paro and the long term Ibrahima Conte all miss out. In terms of odds, it surprises me that Sochaux are favourites. They are priced in between a DNB and -0.25 Asian Handicap and I would personally have it the other way around. Niort are nothing special but they don’t deserve to be a home underdog vs a team like Sochaux. Having said that, I think this will be a draw or an away win. 0-0 or something like 0-1 0-2 are the most likely outcomes. Goals will be in short supply but with a line as low as 1.75 I’m comfortable not getting involved.

Prediction: 0-1

Recommended bet: None