France Ligue 2 – Reims v Clermont Preview (20/9/16)

reims-clermReims preview

  • Still unbeaten and sit third in the table. Have a 100% home record.
  • Wide duo Diego Rigonato & Odair Fortes still out injured along with midfielder Antoine Devaux.
  • No new injuries, although right back Hamari Traore is suspended.
  • They will always be hard to beat under new coach Michel der Zakarian, often just ‘getting the job done’  when required.

Clermont preview

  • Three game winning streak was halted by Lens on Friday (1-1), but they are still unbeaten in four games.
  • Looking good in all areas of the field and playing with more confidence.
  • Important attacker Remy Dugimont is injured, whilst experienced midfielder Eugene Ekobo is given a rest.
  • Right back Cyriaque Rivieren also given a breather and watch out for some potential squad rotation.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Reims defending their 100% home record likely to be tested by an underrated Clermont.
  • If the visitors play like they did against Brest a few weeks ago, they could surprise a lot of people.
  • Reims are generally odds-on in most places, but that price doesn’t look particularly appealing.
  • Ultimately, the extra squad depth and quality of the hosts might prove crucial. But this doesn’t look like a match to get involved in.
  • Dangerous to bet against Reims, but Clermont also need to be given plenty of respect.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None