4 in the Clermont table since the beginning of the season are playing quite solidly, although in the last match they let the win over, loosing 2 goals in the last 10 minutes. Today they have to stay focused until the end whistle. Metz poor kick-off: 2 draws and loss, qualitatively look worse than their today’s rivals. Additionally, a few important players sidelined: Boulaya, Cabit, Delaine, N’Doram, Nguette.
Monaco is currently working on appropriate high quality level, last game into EU Championship qualification won against Sparta – 0:2. They looks to be good prepared for season kick-off into France. Today’s they cannot count on Diatta, Lecomte, Maripa, but it shouldn’t have influence on final result. Guest looks to be in different shape and preparation momentum. Last 3 matches lost with Clermont 1-2 and Lorient 0-1. Into current position and quality they will have a great problems to overcome hosts. Also Today into guest cannot play Chirivella, Coulibaly, Cyprien.
Auxerre restarted season really strong, they won with Amiens 1:2. Today without any weaknesses they will meet with struggling Grenoble. Guests In first game lost with FC Paris 0:4 and reason for that, was really long list of sidelined players. Their coach Maurizio Jacobacci asked young amateur to join 1st squad: Estebana Strazzeriego i Zinedine Labyada. Looking on missing players in comparison to last season missing are: Semedo, Pickel, Djitte, Diallo, Benet, Monfray, Ravet, Abdallah.
Dijon is during bad period at the moment and series of defeats. In the last game they lost 2:0 with weak opponent, lost due to red card Sammaritano. Today it can be even worst cause in total 5 main players cannot play: Assale, Balde, Benzia, Chafik. Lens is playing well, they are fighting for 5th place in table and promotion to play in Europe League, in this game will not play Traore and Ganago.
Monaco in form, without lost from 5 games, last match won with Montpellier 2:3, but at the end of that game they released concentration. Today they will meet with struggling Marsylia without won since 4 games. Coach cannot count on Amavi, Kamara, Rongier and he is waiting for newly contracted Milik with hope to change anything into team. I doubt that he is going to change team spirit and shape of whole squad.
Both teams are going in opposite direction, Montpellier without win from 5 matches, in poor shape, last draw with weak Nantes 1:1. Into Today’s game cannot count on Mavididi, Savanier. From the other side Nicko Kovac’s high-flying team, easy won with Angers 3:0, previously 2:5 won with Lorient, without any weaknesses into this game. Additional – empty stadium will not help host team.
Lille is looking for revenge after unexpected lost with Angers 1:2. Despite of some players missing (Celik, Araujo) there is still quality into team and replacements are on the same skills level. Nimes are in deep form downgrade, without win in 7 matches, last lost with Strasburg 5:0. Hosts team cannot count on couple of important players: Depres, Landre, Martinez, Miguel, Sarr, Valerio.
We can see some form improvement into Bordeaux team after the new year brake. Recently they had drawn with Metz 0:0. In this game without any problems they will meet with Lorient – team which is still looking for good form. Guests last game lost with Monaco 2:5 and got red card for Delaplace. Other than that, we won’t see: Fontaine T., Grbic A., Hamel P., Laporte J., Mendes H., Saunier M., Wissa Y.
Lorient is feeling really bad recently, into last 8 games only 1 won with Nimes. Defense line doesn’t exist, only 2 main defenders available, sidelined are Laporte, Mendes, Gravillon, midfielders Boisgard. Other sidelined players are: Bozok, Delaplace, Homawoo, Saunier. Rennes recently highflying 2 matches won, without any problems into squad.
Etienne at the end of this year are playing really well and after series of draws they won with Bordeaux 1:2. Nimes in different shape, after the season a lot of players are missing what we can see in the 5 lost games. Cannot play: Benrahou Y., Briancon A., Cubas A., Deaux L., Depres C., Landre L., Martinez P., Meling B., Valerio A. Team spirit and realization tactic coach expectations are gone.