Tuesday, October 19, 2010




Both teams arrive here on the back of very poor performances on Friday night. Dijon were so dire in the heavy loss to Metz that all players were called to the training ground for 7 am on saturday morning, obviously the coaching staff had a point to prove, but I am unsure how wise that was the day after a road trip, albeit a fairly short one and with another match so soon afterwards, it certainly cuts down on recovery time. As I discussed last week Dijon had been riding their luck in earlier games too and I think that was a result waiting to happen. They are very short of numbers at the moment, especially at the back where they are missing their starting goalkeeper and other key defensive units, leaving them very vunerable through the spine of the team. They are five starts without a cleansheet now and it seems very likely that they will need to score a couple to get a result of any kind this evening.

Vannes were almost as bad at home to Chateauroux and will not take much joy from going back on the road, where they are six starts without a cleansheet. However, they will have strikers Loic Loval and Yohan Riviere both back tonight and that gives them a far more potent look up front. I expect both to score and to look for all three points, there could be some tired legs on the pitch with a second game in three days, imediately following an extended break, which is unusual in this league and the match should get stretched in the second period, "over" for me.

"over" 2.25 goals 2.08

Good Luck.

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