France Ligue 2 – GFC Ajaccio v Strasbourg Preview (26/8/16)


GFC Ajaccio preview

The Corsican outfit remain unbeaten and have made solid, if not spectacular progress so far this season. Surprisingly, both of their wins have come away from home which is unusual considering this side is often renowned for its home strength. New coach Jean Luc Vanucci has always been a good road manager though, which might explain the recent change. GFC have drawn both home games against Brest and Le Havre and the tough run of fixtures continues when Strasbourg come to town. Midfielder Amos Youga is still injured, along with veteran centre back Jeremie Brechet. The squad is generally in good condition though and will always be hard to beat at Le Stade Ange Casanova.

Strasbourg preview

RCS are another side who remain unbeaten this season and are certainly living up to their dark horse potential. For new coach Thierry Laurey this is a fixture which will matter more than most. He travels to the side where he made his name by obtaining two great promotions. Laurey will always be respected at GFC Ajaccio but everyone will want to beat him tonight. Similarly, Laurey will be desperate not to lose and would love to walk away with three points. He inherited a Strasbourg side which has strong defence and only conceded twice all season in the ligue. It did however come under serious pressure from Nimes last week and were lucky to only let in one goal (1-1). Strasbourg have no new injuries to worry about, although it's worth mentioning that striker Baptiste Guillaume remains sidelined which is a blow.

Conclusion & betting analysis

This is a match between two promotion contenders and two teams who have good defensive strength. GFC were involved in a similar fixture just two weeks ago when Le Havre visited, and on that occasion it ended 1-1. I could see another draw and overall I expect a tight game containing few chances. I just don’t think anyone will want to lose and there will be a general lack of intent and negativity in the game. Strasbourg will happily come here aiming to keep a clean sheet, and to be honest I actually think GFC would be fine with a point too. I personally don’t want to bet against either of these sides, I quite respect them both. I don’t see a betting edge in either market and the over/under line set at 1.75 seems quite acceptable to me. It’s a strong 0-0 contender which will only open up if there’s an early goal or until someone has to chase the game.

Prediction: 0-0
Recommended bet: None