France Ligue 2 – Sochaux v Amiens Preview (26/10/20)

Match Preview

Sochaux

Les Lionceaux are the only remaining unbeaten side in Ligue 2 and a victory here would propel them up to 2nd in the table. Omar Daf has done a good job here and in similar fashion to last season has managed to get his side out of the blocks quickly. Last year there was a sense that Sochaux were quite ‘limited’ and Daf forced to be more defensive than perhaps he’d like to be. Maybe he just wanted to build some solid foundations. This summer Sochaux signed pretty well in the transfer market and reinforced in all areas of the field. Joseph Lopy and Bryan Soumare in midfield have been especially key for them so far. Home matches at the Le Stade Bonal have been good value this season with their games ending 2-1, 2-2 and 3-2. There is more of a bite and a threat about Sochaux this campaign and they can come from behind if needed too. Apart from the long term broken leg to striker Yann Kitala the squad is in perfect condition with no other injuries or suspensions.

Amiens

The visitors ended a bad run by beating Grenoble 1-0 last time out. It was an improved performance and the first victory for new coach Oswald Tanchot. I am personally not someone who rated Tanchot very highly as a manager but he definitely got Amiens playing better in that fixture than the previous man in charge Luka Elsner. The main problem is that Amiens are suffering from a relegation hangover and are in a big transition phase. There have been a number of comings and goings this season and I suspect it might take some time for things to settle down. In the meantime we will probably see some inconsistent type of displays. Amiens are the lowest scoring side in Ligue 2 netting only 3 goals in 7 games. However, they don’t tend to concede many either. As per usual, the Amiens groupe of players hasn’t been released pre match. 

Conclusion & Betting analysis

Amiens are one of the hardest sides to predict, especially as Oswald Tanchot has only recently taken charge. They definitely looked much better last week and a continuation of that here could see them cause problems to Sochaux. I have to say the home side look overpriced between a DNB and -0.25 Asian Handicap and I am really tempted to bet on them. But ultimately the safest option is probably just to watch. Sochaux are ‘due’ a defeat anyway, plus Amiens have only conceded one goal in their last four games. I could see this being a more open encounter and something like a 2-1 scoreline sticks out. I am not confident enough to bet anything but Sochaux -0.25 and over 1.75 wouldn’t be the worst option in my opinion.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet: None