France Ligue 2 – Clermont v Lens Preview (16/9/16)


Clermont preview

  • Won three consecutive games and back in form following a poor start.
  • The defence and organisation at the back has been surprisingly impressive recently.
  • Squad at complete full strength with no injuries or suspensions.
  • Usually hard to beat at home under Corinne Diacre.

Lens preview

  • Have drawn 4 out of 6 games, winning just once.
  • Unbeaten away from home and seem to prefer being on the road.
  • Still a team in transition with four new players who signed late in the transfer window all included in the squad tonight.
  • No suspensions or major injuries but a feeling of unsettlement with doubts surrounding match fitness of many players.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Clermont quite a big price on a DNB handicap.
  • Hosts are a value pick, they are in better form and look sharp.
  • Lens very hard to predict and often save their better football for away games.
  • Recently improved Clermont defence and Lens' issues in front of goals put me off backing the overs.
  • Clermont DNB highly tempting but I will respect Lens and refrain from betting.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None