Category Archives: Ligue 2

France Ligue 2 – Auxerre v Guingamp Preview (19/8/19)

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Both teams haven’t started the season as they would’ve hoped. Auxerre have already lost 2 out of 3 games and Guingamp only have 4 points on the board. Both of these sides also lost in the cup last midweek with Auxerre getting KOd by National Division outfit Beziers which is a slight embarrassment. Guingamp got hammered 4-1 by Orleans. I don’t take the results of the first round of the Coupe de la Ligue very seriously but those outcomes were of slight concern in my opinion. In their one home match this season Auxerre beat Le Mans 2-0 and it was their best performance of the season. Everyone knows at some stage Jean Marc Furlan will get a grip on this squad. He is such a good coach at Ligue 2 level and will have Auxerre firing, eventually. Things aren’t quite right at the moment and he’s going to have to do without striker Mohammad Yatarra here, although it might be a blessing in disguise due to poor form.

Guingamp are missing centre back Christophe Kerbrat to suspension and right back Jeremy Mellot to injury. This means the the slow old Jeremy Sorbon will probably start. The only match in which Guingamp kept a clean sheet this season was when he was benched. The visitors look vulnerable defensively but have enough firepower to cause Auxerre problems. The likes of Rodelin, Roux, Ngbakoto & Blas should get chances tonight. The bet I like here is over 2 goals. It’s no secret that Jean Marc Furlan likes to attack and he will probably have Auxerre on the front foot here as best he can. The results of Auxerre league games have been 2-0 2-0 and 1-0 but the previous contest vs Sochaux was facing a very negative sort of side. Guingamp aren’t the sort of team who will come here to sit back so I think this will be a fairly open game of football giving every chance that over 2 lands. I would lean towards Auxerre winning overall but they aren’t trustworthy yet.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet: Over 2 goals @1.87

 

France Ligue 2 – Lens v Le Havre Preview (17/8/19)

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Lens lost their 100% start last week when they drew 1-1 at Clermont. A late penalty from Tony Mauricio managed to save them and so far this season late goals have been a massive theme for Lens. Les Sang et Or have scored five league goals and the exact minutes they hit the back of the net are as followed:- 66’ 84’ 83’ 89’ & 88’. Even in the midweek cup their scored two late goals in the 77th and 8th minutes! Lens have been starting matches slow but finishing them like a house on fire. I put it down to maybe a combination of excellent fitness, strong bench options and also the sheer weight of pressure which adds up over the course of a match. Mental belief is also clearly strong in this Lens camp. Manager Phillippe Montannier has a wealth of options from which to choose. Just looking at some of the guys that don’t even make the squad for this match is quite sick really and this club should ultimately cruise towards promotion. New signing from Montreal Impact central defender Zakaria Diallo could make his debut, but is more likely to be benched.

Le Havre are unbeaten and have five points on the board which isn’t too bad. They won for the first time last week when they beat Troyes 2-1 away from home. The big positive for them is the form of key striker Tino Kadawere. He’s been brilliant and netted four times in just three games. He got sent off last week but fortunately the only game he missed was the midweek Coupe de la Ligue contest at Clermont. HAC haven’t been too bad under Paul Le Guen but I’m going to bet against them here. Lens can be backed around the even money mark which looks huge to me. They are the best team in this division and I would personally have them closer to a-1 Asian line here myself. Another pick I like is over 2.25 goals. Each Lens & Le Havre match this season has contained at least a couple of goals and with the sheer attacking talent on show here, surely the chances and goals must flow. I think Lens will have too much strength overall and don’t be surprised to see them score at least one late goal again.

Prediction: 3-1

Recommended bet: Lens -0.5 @2.0

Recommended bet: Over 2.25 goals @2.08

 

France Ligue 2 – Valenciennes v Rodez Preview (16/8/19)

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This is probably the hardest match of the day to predict in Ligue 2. I really don’t know what to make of Valenciennes at the moment. For the most part they haven’t been that great to be honest. VA won away at Le Mans last week and changed their approach to be more positive. That definitely worked but they could revert back to a five man defence at any stage. In pre season the main aim of the coach was to keep things tight and compact. This will be a tough test tonight against a Rodez side who have adapted well to life in Ligue 2. RAF are unbeaten and playing fairly good football but I don’t believe they deserve to be favourites tonight. How can you be an away favourite in just your fourth Ligue 2 match following promotion? It’s not like Rodez are anything special, although I admit compared to VA they are in a better state. If I had more confidence in Valenciennes I’d back them DNB tonight but I can’t trust them at the moment so I’ll leave the match alone.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None

 

France Ligue 2 – Paris FC v Niort Preview (16/8/19)

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This isn’t the same Paris FC side as last season. They just don’t have the defensive players to play at the same sort of level compared to the 2018/19 campaign. The coach I am sure would want them to be more solid. But the fact remains in all of their matches so far the goal line has been covered over! Once again we have a very low 1.75 over/under line tonight and I couldn’t be taking the under based on what I’ve seen. Centre back Ousmane Kante is suspended and goalkeeper Vincent De Marconnay looks very error prone right now. Travelling to Paris tonight are a limited Niort outfit who should have their tails up. Les Chamois have beaten Chateauroux twice in a week, 3-0 in the league and 3-1 in the cup. We shouldn’t judge them too much based on those games because Chateauroux are one of the worst sides around at the moment. If this was last season then it would be a 0-0 or 1-0 contender but right now I’m thinking more along the lines of a 1-1 draw or 2-1 either way. I would love to have the bollocks to back over 1.75 but ultimately the natural mindset of both teams is to be defensive, so it’s a match I’ll avoid.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None

 

France Ligue 2 – Orleans v Clermont Preview (16/8/19)

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Orleans have only one point on the board after three matches and have yet to score a goal in Ligue 2 this season. They did however manage to find their scoring boots in the midweek cup by hammering Guingamp 4-1. Perhaps that result might kick start their campaign. Orleans are missing the experienced Cedric Cambon who is serving the 3rd of a 5 game suspension. Fellow defender Nicolas Saint -Ruf is probably ruled out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury. Facing them tonight are Clermont who have started the season really well. It’s no surprise to see Pascal Gastien’s side performing to a strong level, after all he is one of the best coaches in the division. They are a very proactive side always capable of scoring goals and appear to have hit the ground running this year. I suspect this will be quite an open game of football and over 2 goals definitely catches my eye. I would say there is a good chance of at least a couple being scored considering that both teams usually like to have a go. Clermont are the favourites with the bookmakers and are probably the most likely team to win. They seem to be in a better state than Orleans right now so could continue their momentum.

Prediction: 1-2

Recommended bet: Over 2 goals @1.85

 

France Ligue 2 – Nancy v Le Mans Preview (16/8/19)

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Both teams have yet to win a match this season but have probably played better than their results suggest. Nancy have definitely shown improvements in their last two matches vs Valenciennes and Lorient. They drew both affairs 1-1 but were arguably the better team in each contest. Le Mans have lost all three matches but have looked very competitive and it’s simply been a case of not taking their chances. It’s interesting that Le Mans named a fairly strong XI in the midweek cup and they got their reward by beating Lorient 2-1 away from home. Maybe that result can help kick start their campaign. The main problem for Le Mans has been conceding goals late on in matches. 5 of the 6 they’ve let in have been after the 70 minute mark. The bet I like for this match is over 2.25 goals. From what I’ve seen, Le Mans’ style of play is quite proactive and keen to be on the front foot when they can. We know that the backline suffers late on in games so Nancy could take advantage then. The hosts have yet to have an over 2.5 match in any competition this season but I suspect it’s only a matter of time. The likes of Dona Ndoh, Cissokho & Vagner are just starting to get warmed up so this 2.25 goal line certainly interests me. My overall prediction is for Nancy to prevail 2-1 or 3-1, probably late on if the recent Le Mans trend continues.

Prediction: 3-1

Recommended bet: Over 2.25 goals @1.88

 

France Ligue 2 – Lorient v Sochaux Preview (16/8/19)

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Lorient dropped points for the first time last week as they drew 1-1 at Nancy. Then they lost in the midweek cup at home to Le Mans, albeit with a heavily rotated team. I have been quite impressed by their style under new coach Christophe Pellisier who already appears to be a huge asset to the club. This fixture tonight against Sochaux could be a tricky affair and Les Merlus will require plenty of patience to unlock a resolute side. Sochaux aren’t the most talented of units but are well organised and disciplined under Omar Daf. Les Lionceaux have only conceded one goal thus far and will use canny tactics to slow down the pace of the game and time waste. Lorient are -0.75 favourites here around the 1.90 mark and that isn’t a bad price if you fancy them. I personally think FCL should be a -1 handicap based on my estimations. The hosts will be without striker Umut Bozok and playmaker Alexis Claude Maurice which might potentially impact their ability to unlock the Sochaux defence though. My best guess is a tight home win. However, there is a higher risk of a draw here and it wouldn’t totally shock me if Sochaux held out for a 0-0 or 1-1.

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: None

 

France Ligue 2 – Grenoble v Troyes Preview (16/8/19)

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A lot depends on which version of Grenoble shows up. As of yet I can’t get a firm grip on them this season and they’ve produced a number of different performances. The end result is that Philippe Hinschberger’s men have yet to win a match inside 90 mins in league or cup. I can’t get the horrible performance vs Ajaccio here a couple of weeks ago out of my mind. In a favourable situation the Alpine club totally stank the place out and looked extremely disjointed. Maybe this is a good chance for them facing a Troyes side that have lost their last two matches 1-2, in addition to a midweek cup defeat by the same scoreline. I don’t think we should downgrade Troyes that much though for losing against Clermont, Le Havre & Lens who on paper are quite strong sides. Grenoble are missing defenders Loic Nestor & Pierre Gibaud, whilst midfielder Jessy Benet remains on the sidelines. They are a tempting price but I just don’t see how the hosts can be trusted right now. Troyes have won the last four H2H meetings and if they won again here it wouldn’t be a surprise.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None

 

France Ligue 2 – Chateauroux v Ajaccio Preview (16/8/19)

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Chateauroux have looked very poor this season so far, picking up just one point and yet to score a goal in Ligue 2. They finally did hit the back of the net vs Niort in the midweek cup but right now their attack force looks toothless. There’s no real excuses and the simple fact is that they just have a poor squad that looks like fighting relegation for most of this season. Ajaccio are actually an away favourite tonight which is a slight surprise for a team of their ilk. ACA aren’t usually known for their road displays but did impress me in their most recent away match at Grenoble which they won 1-0. Despite a turbulent summer Ajaccio haven’t actually started the season too badly and even won 4-0 in the cup midweek vs Valenciennes. This could end up in a low scoring victory for the visitors but at their price I’m not interested. Ajaccio as an away favourite just feels wrong and despite Chateauroux woes I would still have them priced as a -0.25 line personally.

Prediction: 0-1

Recommended bet: None

 

France Ligue 2 – Caen v Chambly Preview (16/8/19)

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Caen won their first match of the season last week 2-1 away at Ajaccio. It wasn’t the most convincing of victories but 3 points nevertheless at a difficult location. It has been a tricky start to life in Ligue 2 following relegation. They have a change of manager and the squad is fairly decimated in attacking areas. Reinforcements are promised in the final thirds but as of yet haven’t arrived. A current attack consisting of Malik Tchokounte, Evans Joseph and Herman Moussaki is hardly going to strike fear into opposition defenders. There have been some positives though such as the performances of young midfielder Jessy Deminguet. Caen possess a strong looking defence even without new centre back Elhadji Diaw who is suspended tonight.

Chambly remain unbeaten and have yet to concede a goal in Ligue 2 this season. Their clear aim is defence and they’ll line up in a formation which should resemble something like a 5-2-1-2 and very hard to break down. They lost in the midweek Coupe de la Ligue away at GFC Ajaccio and that could bring its own set of problems tonight. Chambly did rest and rotate the squad but the sheer awkwardness of traveling to Corsica in midweek could prove quite a hinderance. I strongly suspect that this will be a low scoring match and 0-0 is a major contender. For those interested in under 2 goals then it’s certainly a viable option. I wouldn’t normally touch this game but Caen DNB around the 1.95 looks a massive price. How on earth can Chambly actually be favoured in some parts by the bookmakers? I actually make Caen -0.75 a fairer line for this match so either my estimates are way off or something strange is going on. The home side appear to be huge value and in a match they probably won’t lose.

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: Caen DNB @1.96