Ligue 2 betting tip: Brest- Sochaux

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Ligue 2: Brest- Sochaux
Sochaux beat Nimes last week ( see previous post) and whilst it was a slightly understrength opponent, there was much to like in a game which was a great advert for Ligue 2. I have not had a really good look at FCSM for a while and was impressed, they are much improved and look one of the better second tier teams. They are far more adventurous now and it has paid dividends with 13 points and 9 goals from five starts. They are getting the ball into the box quickly and "out crossed" Nimes (24-18), few teams have managed that and I spoke last season about the return of the cross into the box and it being the "new" key stat with Nimes leading the shift. It is definitely a tactic which can pay dividends at certain levels of the game and it feels like some defences are just not used to dealing with it any longer. Anyway, both Nimes and Sochaux passed the ball sweetly and with great fluidity and got forward at pace. Aldo Kalulu who scored the winner looks to be really finding his feet at this level and was a live wire out wide/through the middle and is another promising Lyon youngster. Sochaux are without suspended central defender Jean Ruiz, but have won the last four starts he has missed and are quite well served in that department.
Most long time readers know that I am not a huge fan of Brest, although I accept they are more fun to watch nowadays and wrote earlier this season .......
Brest are far more adventurous under former Troyes boss Jean-Marc Furlan and he found an extra 24 goals in them last season (0.63 per game), his first in charge and they have ten in five road games (four wins) already in this campaign. They are not a team I have backed, or opposed much, their negative approach pre Furlan was/is not to my taste.
I actually sided with them at big odds for a win at Tours at the end of September, but that was all about opposing the home side and Brest are 0-2-3 since, failing to score in three and shipping four to both Nimes and Lorient and if Sochaux have realistic aims of competing with those two, this should be a fixture they are looking to get something from. That loss to Lorient came in the big Breton derby fixture last Saturday, Brest were outplayed and it might be hard for them to lift their game after coming up so short in such an anticipated and heavily hyped fixture. Brest have won just 3/11 at home (2/7 this season) and are at a low ebb right now.
1.5 units Sochaux +0.25 ball 2.14 asian line/Sportmarket.

Brest : Larsonneur, Fabri, Weber, Belaud, Bernard, Castelletto, Coeff, Pi, Sissoko, Faussurier, Gastien, Grougi, Kiki, Autret, Butin, H. Diallo, Charbonnier, Mayi.


Sochaux : Maxence Prévot, Lawrence Ati Zigi, Florent Ogier, Jason Pendant, Mickaël Alphonse, Adolphe Teikeu, Zakarya Bergdich, El Hadji Ba, Sofiane Daham, Florian Tardieu, Jeando Fuchs, Florin Bérenguer, Florian Martin, Thomas Robinet, Yoann Touzghar, Aldo Kalulu, Yakou Meïté , Faneva Andriatsima.


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