I like the visitors off level ball at big odds, or with the minimal handicap start, given that the hosts are draw specialists and have finished all square in 11 of their 17 starts, it is always good to have the stalemate on your side when they play.
Clermont have travelled without right winger Gregory Lacombe (14-0-1) and central defender Jacques Salze (5-0-0), both are important , but Salze has not played since August and the loss of Lacombe, is far out shadowed in my opinion, by the injury to Yohan Hautcoeur (17-1-0) for the hosts. He is the heartbeat of the team and rarely misses a game, when de does, he is sorely missed. Hautcoeur sat out six matches last season, Chateauroux lost four of those, only beating relegated Boulogne (narrowly) and conceded 13 goals in the process, including two in a 2-1 defeat to tonight's opponent. Hosts do get central defender Massamba Sambou (11-0-0) back following suspension.
The visitors are coming off a Monday home defeat to league leaders Nantes, they did miss playmaker Lacombe, as chances were at a premium, but they were playing, at least on current form, the best team in the divsion and were denied an equaliser by the woodwork, things should be easier against a lesser opponent , especially with YH out of action. Coach Regis Brouard wasn't in the mood to accept any excuses and read his team the riot act for what he called an unacceptable performance and we can expect a reaction from his team tonight.
We have spoken many times about how playing Monday and then the following Friday, is a big disadvantage in Ligue 2, but with everyone else playing on Tuesday this week, it turns it in favour of Clermont, especially as that was their only outing in the last two weeks, which migh explain some rustiness, whereas, Chat went up to the North West for a cup game on Saturday, down South to Nimes on Tuesday and now play again. They were also poor in the 2-0 midweek loss and the quick turnaround is firmly in the visitors favour. 1.25 units Clermont +0.25 ball 2.05 asian line.
Châteauroux : Caradec, Millieras - Neves, Afougou, Fournier, Nestor, Sambou, Orinel, Beauvue, De Freitas, Guerriero, Tainmont, Allart, Essombé, Jeannot, Garita.
Clermont : Farnolle, Fabre - Fomen, Esor, Perrinelle, Avinel, Imorou, Bockhorni, Saïss, Bayod, Sylla, Capelle, Salibur, Ekobo, Dembélé, Armand, Pinau.