Ligue2 Niort vs Sochaux
These two met in the cup in midweek with Sochaux winning 3-2 on home soil, that was the second meeting in Montbeliard in the last three months with Niort being the victor, also by the odd goal in five, at the end of last season. Niort have yet to post a win this season and have conceded seven goals in their last three starts, which is not really a surprise, as their defence was broken up in the summer with centre back Yoann Barbet making the "dream" move to Brentford and left back Quentin Bernard . the less attractive trip to Dijon ! Bernard missed just five starts in three seasons (no wins), Barbet missed six league and cup starts last season and again, Niort did not win any, you can add the three games this season to that list and the backline is clearly in a transitional stage. Offensively, they look better and it was noteworthy that Seydou Kone, who scored 15 goals last season ( most of any player in a team who finished outside the top ten), was retained and got off the mark in midweek and he will fancy his chances of scoring against Sochaux for the third match running.
After posting just a single point from two league starts, I expect the visitors, who are amongst the promotion favourites, to look to build on that cup result and get their Ligue 2 camapign back on track and surely we will see both teams looking for all three points and each has named an offensive looking squad, we should see a continuation of the open nature of those two recent meetings. I think the goal line should at least be a quarter goal greater and will suggest ..........
over 2 goals 2.04 asian line/Sportmarket.
Niort : Delecroix, Allagbé - Da Veiga, Choplin, Sans, Lahaye, Malcuit - Roye, Koukou, Batisse, Omrani, Sambia - Rocheteau, Koné, Dona Ndoh, Djigla.
Sochaux : Werner, Camara - Vivian, Faussurier, Gibaud, Onguéné, Mignot, Collaço – Ramaré, Rayos, Tardieu, François – Caceres, Toko Ekambi, Sao, Thuram.