Brest – Beziers

Brest – Beziers

Unbeaten series of 12 undefeated games came to an end last round when Brest lost 1-2 away at Lens. Was a game with 2 different halves: first one belonging to Lens who took a comfortable 2-0 lead and the other one belonging to Brest who only scored once in the end of the game thanks to Charbonier but not enough for stay unbeaten. Was a nice game with Lens fully deserved the win. They are now 3 points behind the Metz but still have 3 points more than 3rd spot occupied by Lens. They played also in the cup wining hard against Vannes, Castelleto being sent off early in the game and will miss this game.

Beziers is still the single team without a win on their own pitch. In the new promoted teams derby versus Grenoble, they clearly lost 0-3 after one of the poorest game this season. They were outplayed by Grenoble especially in 2nd half when conceded all games in a gap of 20 mins, being incapable to do something on the score table. But don’t forget they remains one of the most dangerous team when playing on the road, Beziers taking 5 wins away from home, scoring 10 goals but also conceding 10.  Still without Atassi – injured.

Beziers is dangerous on the road, but when playing against top teams they failed often. Brest must recover after the defeat versus Lens and I see them taking a new home win. Back Brest -1ah. gl

Nancy – Troyes

Nancy – Troyes

Nancy is still alive. After they were rock bottom for most part of the season, due to good results taken in last rounds they leave this position but is not too far from it. Currently they are on 19th   spot with 3 points less than 18th spot AC Ajaccio. Don’t see them finishing the year on a upper position than 19th because they have two infernal game versus Troyes and leader Metz. Also start of 2019 is very difficult so perhaps will take a while until Nancy will leave dangerous places. But they took 2 wins and a draw in last 3 games, being so close to take 3 wins but conceded in last game at AC Ajaccio a goal in injury time and finished 1-1. They game changed a bit more being a team who can put in danger any other competitors.

Troyes is a hot team for the moment; after an extremely poor start of the season, they climbed now in table till 7th spot having 2 points less than 5th in table Lorient.  They are toping the table if we take in consideration last 10 rounds losing only twice in this period and wining 7 times. I expect them to continue on the same path and no doubt I see them involved in direct promotion spots battle next year.

Despite late improvement of their game, still don’t see Nancy taking a win here. Troyes is in a great shape and can add some more misery in Nancy camp taking a new win. So back ah0+. gl

Troyes– Orleans

Troyes– Orleans

With 7 wins out of last 10 games Troyes is trying to make forgettable the poor start of the season. Currently they are on 8th spot only 3 points behind 5th spot. And with a not so hard schedule till the end of the 2018 I expect Troyes to finish this year in playoff spot, trying to continue their hard work for a promotion in 2019. The team is playing a nice football, with new comer Fortune in excellent shape ( he already took Nivet’s place at the middle of the pitch).

Orleans also an inconsistent team during these months. After a incredible series with 6 wins at nil, they are now in a series of 4 consecutive games without a win taking a single point and scoring only one goal in process. Still sitting comfortable in table on 11th spot with 23 points but need so wake up till is not too late. Still without playmaker Ziani injured.

Perhaps a new home win for in shape Troyes. I think we will see also goals in this game so I back Troyes win -0.75. gl

Lens – Brest

Lens – Brest

Lens is clearly in a downtrend these days. Despite being better for many moments in last trip at Lorient they took only a point thanks to a late equalizer when Gomis converted a penalty. And after a brilliant start of the season, we see Lens in a series of 5 games without a win, taking only 2 points in the process. For this game 2 fresh injuries as defenders Radanovici and Centoze are out, first one for all year.

Brest on the other side is flying high being 1 point behind leader Metz and having one of the best football at the moment in Ligue2. 12 games without a defeat with 9 wins in this gap is the latest Brest results. Without new missing.

Another interesting game for Lens, another hard one. Due the defensive missing and late poor evolution of the host I favor Brest to collect points here so I back them AH0+. gl