Sochaux – Paris FC
Sochaux took their 2nd win of the year, first on the road, beating 1-0 Niort and leaving the play-out spot, after Nancy lost in this round. They are continuing good run after 2 draws versus top teams: Metz and Troyes (I think is first time this season in championship when they are not losing 3 consecutive games). But other 2 difficult games in front of Sochaux, versus another 2 teams which fight for promotion: Paris FC and LeHavre, so must stay focused.
Paris FC scored for second time this season 3 goals, having thanks god a new over (which I chased them from a while – odds were around 3). They won versus Auxerre scoring twice from penalty, both taken after some lethal counterattacks. They are now putting high pressure on Brest, reducing the gap between them and Brest at only 3 points with 8 rounds to go. Both are interesting end the season, with a plus for Brest though, who will plays most of the games versus lower ranked teams.
LeHavre – Niort
LeHavre is coming after a goalless draw at Lens and remains at appreciable distance till 5th spot. But don’t forget last season they were in a similar situation and somehow they took 6/7 wins in last rounds and caught the playoff spot. Will be they able to do this also in actual season? Difficult to say. Is interesting they have only 2 games versus other teams involved in the promotion battle, both at home versus Paris FC si Lorient. They lost Lekhal for a long period due to a bad injury. Youga is suspended after red card saw at Lens Monday night. For LeHavre 3 midfielders are missing: injured Lekhal and Bonnet plus suspended Youga – can be too much for them in terms of creativity