Ultimately, Clemront only have one win on the board after five games. To be fair, they’ve had a fairly tough fixture list and already faced a number of good teams. The latest of those was on Monday night when Pascal Gastien’s men suffered defeat for the first time, 0-1 at Troyes. Gastien is a very good coach and regularly overachieves here at Clermont. I’ve been impressed with how solid their defence has looked this season but lack of firepower is a major problem. Main striker Jordan Tell is injured and there is definitely a lack of goals within the team. Clermont might play nice fancy and pretty football but if there is no end product or finish then they have issues. Starting keeper Arthur Desmas returns from suspension here which is a boost, to face his old club.
RAF were inconsistent last season and not much appears to have changed this year either. They’ve only lost 1 game out of 5 which was at home to Caen and generally played quite well. A late 2-1 win against Dunkerque last week should fill them with some confidence. Left back Johann Obiang is still injured but midfield Jordan Leborgne returns from suspension. Rodez have drawn both away games so far, 1-1 at Pau and 2-2 at Sochaux. On both occasions they led but failed to hold onto their advantage.
Conclusion & Betting analysis
Clermont are a 1.80 favourite here but that looks too short to me. I have felt all season that Clermont are overrated by the bookmakers. They are a good side but nothing special and the squad on paper doesn’t have the same sort of class compared to other teams like Auxerre, Caen and Troyes. Lack of goals concerns me for Clermont and although the defence is solid I couldn’t trust them enough to place a bet at these odds. I have a feeling for a draw here, either 0-0 or 1-1. Rodez are very hard to predict but are no mugs and should compete well.
Recommended bet: None