Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TUESDAY MORNING ............


The new week started well with Nantes beating Dijon 2-0 (see below) and hopefully that will set the tone for the next six days. I am going to do things differently today and will have a follow up email at exactly 19.00 UK time , 45 minutes before kick off, this will probably include two full previews and two slections, hopefully with confirmed starting elevens/ squads.

Three matches to discuss in this email, one each from the Championship, League 2 and the Champions League, there are a LOT of interesting games today and I could easily have previewed double that number in this email alone.


I can start with a few words about the Spartak Moscow-Benfica match, no strong opinion from me on this one, but it definitely looks likely to provide entertainment and as it gets the evening off to an early start and I know many of you will be watching, there might be an "in play" angle. Having lost their two opening matches, including here against Celtic , Spartak surely have to look for all three points tonight, their european record here at the Stadion Luzhniki is incredible, incredibly bad that is, posting just one win from 15 home matches at the UEFA Champions League group stage on their synthetic pitch. Given that conditions, playing surface, travel, weather, often strongly favour them, that is an amazing statistic. This Spartak team might also have a bit of a soft underbelly too .....

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Good Luck.

LIGUE 2: FC NANTES- DIJON ( wriiten 23/10)

A point for the visitors, three for the hosts would take either back into the promotion places, so plenty to play for in front of the television cameras.

Nantes are unbeaten (3-2-0) on home soil, conceding only three goals, however they have been left to stew on a 3-1 defeat at Gazelec for a very long 17 days and will be eager to make amends. Tonight they will be without holding midfielder Lucas Deaux (7-0-2), key left back Gabriel Cichero (8-0-0) just one point and four goals conceded in the two matches he has sat out, striker Serge Gakpe (8-2-1) and midfielder Fabrice Pancrate (8-1-2).

Dijon have lost only once all season (4-5-1), that sole defeat was a heavy 4-2 loss at Niort two games back, they steadied things defensively with a 0-0 draw at home to highflying Angers, where they played 36 minutes with ten men and 18 with just nine, another would serve them well tonight, as they have scored in every away start so far. However, they have a lengthy list of players missing too, with central defenders Ousseynou Cisse (6-0-0), William Remy (5-0-1), midfielder Florent Mollet (10-0-0), plus strikers Gregory Thil (4-1-0), Julio Tavares (3-2-0), Brice Jovial (8-3-2) all out either injured or suspended. They have conceded 4 goals in six with Cisse playing, seven in five without him and aside from Benjamin Corgnet, who left to join Lorient last month, only Raphael Caceres (9-2-0) apart from the missing strikers has scored more than a single goal this season.

Both defences look vunerable today, but Nantes at least have someone more than capable of making use of these of these problems in striker Filip Djordjevic ( 10-9-1) all nine goals came in his last seven starts and you know I love a striker in form ! Just a very small bet for me one unit Nantes -0.75 ball 2.31 asian line.

Nantes : Riou, Zelazny - Alioui, Cissokho, Djilobodji, Madouni, Veigneau, Bessat, Eudeline, Keita, Touré, Trébel, Veretout, Djordjevic, Lee, Mayenga.
Dijon : Reynet, Tchagouni - Diabaté, Bamba, Souprayen, Paulle, Malouda, Varrault, Bérenguer, Sankharé, Paye, Guerbert, Joufreau, Baradji, Koné, Caceres.
Good Luck.
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