France Ligue 2 – Laval v Sochaux Preview (20/9/16)

lav-soxLaval preview

  • Won just once this season and sit second bottom of the table.
  • Lost 4 of their last 5 and failed to scored in 5 out of 7 games this season.
  • Played with 10 men for over 65 mins on Friday night away against Red Star (0-1).
  • Have a small squad so player rotation not really much of an option. Fatigue and mental tiredness could be an issue.
  • Defensive duo of Malik Couturier & Erwan Quintin are both still injured. Defensive midfielder Adrien Monfray is suspended.

Sochaux preview

  • Unbeaten, but have drawn too many games with 5 out of 7 ending all square.
  • Very tough defensive team but still struggle to score enough goals at times.
  • Striker Moussa Sao remains out injured, but in general the squad is in a very healthy condition.
  • The coach could rotate things if he wants, they have enough quality depth to stay fresh.
  • Probably better suited to away football with their style.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Quite a large gulf in class between the two teams and Sochaux should stamp their authority on this game.
  • Laval tactics will probably be highly defensive and act like they are the away team.
  • Difficult to see Laval winning the game, especially as they could be fatigued following Friday night with 10 men for so long.
  • Would love to back Sochaux on a DNB handicap but they are a bit too short @ 1.67.
  • Forced into taking a -0.25 handicap at bigger odds.
  • Risk of a draw is still there, but I’m fairly confident Sochaux can find a way to win this game with their extra class shining through.

Prediction: 0-2

Recommended bet 1 unit: Sochaux -0.25 @ 2.11