Niort vs Clermont (By: Alcuni)
Niort – Clermont
Despite losing some exponential players for them in the recent years, Niort started the season with a win 2-1 on the road at newcomer Red Star, after a good enough game. After a first half when missing the clear chances of goals, both teams studying each other, Niort had excellent 15 mins at the starting of the second half, when scored twice and resolved the game. After those 15 mins they made what almost every Ligue2 teams is doing when are in lead, defending till the end. And they did it well, conceding a single time in the remaining time and toking an important win for their morale, continuing the good shape shown in the friendlies. Another important player from them in the recent season Agouazi left also from Niort. Also Henrique Bueno was loaned in Belgium. DaCosta is back in squad
Clermont had a tough opponent in first round Chateauroux and weren’t able to overcome them. After a 3-0 in a friendly game played few weeks before, now they end 0-0. But was a spectacular 0-0 with both teams playing offensive. Was Chateauroux the team more present in game, a team who missed the greatest opportunity during 90 mins. Chateauroux dominated the game in many moments, but Clermont was the team who missed also some chances on counterattacks in first half. Was a bit strange to see Clermont in this situation at home, but overall a decent job done. An alert game who for sure could have been turned in a goal fest is any of the team scored in first half. Gavory left the team for Utrecht- Netherland. Iglesias still suspended while Gastien is back in squad.
I said many times in last month or so that Niort is weaker than previous season. But so far I just wrong. But the time will tell. Clermont is almost at the same level as in previous season and keepind in mind recent results of both I rate Clermont the better side. The shape is on hosts but value on guest. Perhaps we will see a stalemate. Back the draw. gl
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