France Ligue 2 – Le Havre v Brest Preview (20/9/16)

hac-brestLe Havre preview

  • The promotion favourites are now winless in five games following a defeat to Bourg-en-Bresse on Friday night.
  • For the first time, perhaps a small bit of pressure being applied to manager Bob Bradley because HAC aren’t living up to expectations.
  • Key midfielder Jean Pascal Fontaine is still suspended.
  • Exact same squad retained for this match, but there could be some team changes with key playmaker Alexandre Bonnet set to be rested to the bench.

Brest preview

  • Top of the ligue after beating Auxerre 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
  • Things going well under new coach Jean Marc Furlan and have suffered just one defeat so far.
  • Important midfielder Cristian Battocchio is injured, although  they welcome back playmaker Bruno Grougi. His presence was missed on Saturday.
  • Right back Gaetan Belaud is their only other absentee.
  • Unbeaten away from home this season.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Normandy vs Brittany battle between two perceived favourites for promotion this  season.
  • Right now, Brest playing much the better football and something isn’t quite right with Le Havre.
  • The hosts have had an extra day of rest and to prepare for this match though, which could be significant.
  • Le Havre quality on paper shouldn’t be underestimated and capable of firing at any time.
  • HAC too short around 2.0 and would be too risky to back. They are making too many mistakes at the back and Brest could punish them.
  • Both sides quite attack minded in nature so over 2 goals around the 1.80 looks appealing. I don’t see this being a tight contest and there’s plenty of attacking ability on both sides.

Prediction: 2-2

Recommended bet: Over 2 goals @ 1.82