France Ligue 2 – Creteil v Ajaccio Preview (29/4/16)

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Such has been the poor form of Niort & Evian, that Creteil would consider themselves of having every chance of survival. Written off a few weeks ago, suddenly a few wins here and there have got them back in the hunt. In their previous home game Les Beliers were excellent as they beat Auxerre 1-0. The margin of victory should’ve been much greater and they were unlucky to lose at Nancy before that. Last Friday a late equaliser at Paris FC will have given them a boost, although Continue reading

France Ligue 2 – Tours v Niort Preview (29/4/16)

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TFC surprised a lot of people by beating Clermont 1-0 away last week. They had nothing left to play for and were facing opponents in desperate need of points, but actually put in a fairly decent display. They weren’t brilliant or anything and Clermont effectively choked, but it was noticeable how they didn’t make life easy for their opponents. Tours have been one of the hardest teams to predict all season and that looks set to continue Continue reading

France Ligue 2 – Laval v Clermont Preview (29/4/16)

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Les Tangos aren’t quite safe yet but have been inching their way towards survival. A key moment was a couple of weeks ago when they scored two injury time goals to beat Evian, but the 0-0 draw at Brest last week was a helpful boost too. With 39 points on the board, it looks like Laval have enough and it’d take a very unlucky sequence of results to relegate them now. Les Tangos have been one of the worst teams in the ligue since the winter break, winning just twice. This isn’t a surprise because their quality Continue reading

France Ligue 2 – Brest v Evian Preview (29/4/16)

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The Breton’s are definitely a side that have fizzled out recently. No win in five games is hardly a surprise considering that they were one of the first teams who ended up in an unmotivated situation with little to play for. I expected a little bit more from them, but it seems nobody is too bothered here right now. Their last three home matches have all ended 0-0 so it’s not even as if they are concerned about entertaining Continue reading

France Ligue 2 – Red Star v Bourg-en-Bresse Preview (29/4/16)

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A really poor end to the season, including a crippling 2-0 loss at rivals Metz last week looks to have ended any promotion ambitions. Red Star are now four points adrift of third place but it’s effectively five because of a poor goal difference. With so many other teams also in the race, all they can do is try and win every game and hope that others slip up. Home form has badly let down Red Star, but in some ways it’s understandable. Ultimately, the massive burden Continue reading

France Ligue 2 – Lens v Paris FC Preview (29/4/16)

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The northern outfit had just started to generate some good form by stringing together three straight wins, but a 4-2 defeat at Nimes last week could be extremely damaging. Les Sang et Or are now four points behind Metz so just need to win and hope their rivals slip up. With Les Grenats at Dijon on Sunday, there’s certainly a chance to at least apply some pressure. In theory this should be an easy win against a Paris FC side who look set to finish rock bottom. But Lens haven’t been playing that great recently, as has been Continue reading

France Ligue 2 – Le Havre v Nimes Preview (29/4/16)

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After a good run of results, Le Havre have hit the rails recently. Bob Bradley’s men have failed to win any of their last three games. Promotion destiny was in HAC’s hands but now they need to win all of their remaining games and hope for some help elsewhere. Metz are playing Dijon away on Sunday so maybe there’s a chance, but the Normans really need to apply some pressure by beating Nimes in this fixture. I would say the biggest problem Continue reading