Friday, August 13, 2010

FRIDAY ..............


Sedan were the subject of very good pre season reports and it was something of a surprise to see Tours put four past them last week in a seven goal thriller, with new Ivory Coast striker Guie notching a hat-trick on his debut. Their squad looks much improved this season and definitely has goals in them, until the final weeks of last season by which time they had nothing to play for, only three clubs had scored more than Tours, so any improvement in that department is going to see them as real players this time round.

Istres are exactly the opposite, they were extremely lucky to survive last season, their defence was and continues to look porous, they were low scorers in Ligue 2, with the division's worst goal difference. Hard to see that those problems have been adressed, they have not scored in two league and cup starts, conceding four times and reports have not been good.

Tours won the reverse fixture 4-0 last year and despite losing here 2-1, that match came right at the end of the season when Tours were mentally lying on the beach and Istres fighting for their life. Visitors might well be the Ligue 2 surprise package this season, I suggest we keep on the right side of them for the time being and getting a handicap start, they have to be my choice tonight.

Tours +0.25 1.80 + bigger at IBC

Good Luck.

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