France Ligue 2 – Caen v Pau Preview (3/4/21)

Match Preview

Caen

  • Just 1 win in last 14 games has put Caen only 5 points above safety
  • Manager Pascal Dupraz sacked last week due to their poor form
  • B team coach Fabrice Vandeputte takes charge until the end of the season
  • Lost 3 of their last 5 at home and have an overall 5-6-4 record here
  • 3 suspended players - Rivierez (CB), Beka Beka (CM) & Gioacchini (ATT)
  • Veteran CB Anthony Weber left out by choice of the coach

Pau

  • 17 points picked up from last 9 games has seen Pau move up to 16th in the table
  • Still only 1 point clear of safety but in a far better position than they once were
  • Terrible 2-3-10 away record continues to plague them
  • No suspensions
  • Squad in very good health with only one long term injury

Conclusion & Betting analysis

Caen have been in such poor form that they gave head coach Pascal Dupraz the boot last week. I think it was a fair dismissal because this squad hasn’t really lived up to potential. The man taking over is B team coach Fabrice Vandeputte, so he knows the club well and might end up leaning on a few youngsters. It will be interesting to see if he can get much of a reaction straight away because if Caen lose here they will only be one point above Pau! The new coach has shaken things up by leaving out some veterans like Weber and Goncalves, instead putting his trust in a number of youth players. The visitors meanwhile, have been in good form recently and won 3 of their last 4, but it’s often a different story for them away from home. Anything could happen here and it will all depend how Caen respond to the change of manager. On paper they have much more quality and technical ability so if things finally click then I’d be expecting a home win. Such a hard game to predict and nothing interests me from a betting point of view. 

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None