Friday, October 19, 2012



Sport Recife won for us yesterday, that's five in a row and five from six for the current week. Good result in San Francisco overnight, with the 49ers winning a defensive battle with the Seahawks 13-6, that takes them back to the top of the NFC West and the quick turnaround this week means they now have an 11 day break ahead of the key divisional game with the Cardinals, which is a big plus and they then have their bye week, before two home games at Candlestick Park, the schedule has been kind in that aspect, but they need to beat Arizona as that would give them a stranglehold on the division.

Next email will be at 16.00 today with a main focus on tomorrow's J-League notes and I might also include an early preview for one of the Football League matches.

Ligue 2 takes centre stage as usual on a Friday evening and I have previewed three matches, putting up four selections.


Top of the table clash in Anjou, all credit to the hosts that they have been able to remain competitive and keep pace with the big spending visitors on a playing budget of around one quarter of that available to Claudio Ranieri, but it is only a matter of time before Monaco start to open up a gap at the top. The problem is that they do not have to play at 100% to get results and motivation has been a problem at times, I do not see that as an issue this evening and after  consecutive home draws against teams who should not be able to live with them on a going day, they should be keen to get back on track and motivated against a promotion "rival". After the last international break, Monaco were a little sluggish, so this time round arranged a friendly, making a trip to Genoa to play Sampdoria on Monday LINK, they lost that 2-0 , but there was quite a bit to take from the performance, as much as you can from a friendly anyway and they will progress from that.

Angers are without suspended defender Matar Fall (10-0-0), they have lost just four of the last 24 matches he has played and the Senegalese right back is pretty much the first name on the team sheet and he has missed just one match since early March, his team lost that and were unbeaten in four before and seven after, so this has to be seen as the biggest possible loss. They have several long term injuries and knocks, so numbers and options are already a little limited at the back. In Claudiu Keseru they have an inform striker, battling with Ibrahima Toure of Monaco for top goalscorer honours, the pair are tied on nine, but long term readers might remember how highly I rate Toure and I have no doubt who will come out on top in that battle this season.

I suspect we might well see the best of the visitors tonight and their best is far too good for Ligue 2, hopefully they got those defensive slips out of their system on Monday and with the draw no bet option, I am very keen on them this evening. 1.5 units Monaco level ball 1.90 + asian line.
Angers : Malicki, Letellier - Manceau, Hénin, Boyer, Diallo, Ravet, Auriac, Frikèche, El-Jadeyaoui, Gomez, Doré, Keserü, Couturier, Diers, N'Same.

Monaco : Subasic, Sourzac, Caillan - Kagelmacher, Adriano, Wolf, Kurzawa, Dirar, Mendy, Ndinga, Ferreira Carrasco, Touré, Germain, Ocampos, Appiah, Poulsen, Barazite, Coulibaly, Raggi, Bajrami.



Niort : Roche, Elissalde - Letzelter, Konaté, Bong, Bernard, Ricaud, Gastien, Hébras, Diaw, Glombard, Durak, Gonzalez, Roye, Ouedraogo, Khalis. 
Le Havre : Boucher, Placide - Louvion, Genton, Touré, Le Marchand, Nouri, Zola, Mesloub, Bonnet, Riviere, Koïta, Malfleury, Rivierez, François, Fontaine, Mahrez.

Nîmes : Merville, Al-Shaïbani - Parpeix, Poulain, Boche, Sbaï, Haddou, Bouby, Ogounbiyi, Gragnic, Benezet, Koné, Thibault, Ripart, Amewou, Piocelle. 
Le Mans : Janot, Beunardeau - Cuffault, Doumbia, Kassai, Buaillon, Kanté, Zito, Thomas, Maurice, Belfort, Baby, Thomert, Ekeng-Ekeng, Derouard, Mendes.

Good Luck.


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