Brest vs Bourg Peronnas by Lucien
Brest couldn't do much more in their away defeat on Tuesday evening against Lens, since the team generally looked way too passive, more than they should and simply were outplayed in a professional way. Hosts opened the game in the best possible way, scoring a goal in 27th minute via Olsen, while they sealed the victory in last moments of the game, when the visiting side tried to open up and do something more, scoring the second goal via Bourigeaud.
After this defeat, the team got back to the middle of the table, being currently at eleventh position with thirty earned points, eight more than relegating worried Creteil on 18th position. On the other side, third placed Metz is twelve points above them and there is no doubt that the team finished dreaming of getting closer to the promotional battle. In front of own fans, they are however way better with the team having current record of six victories, three draws and two defeats - so they surely aim here for a three pointer. Brest will miss offensive midfielder Alexandre Cuvillier (17/0) and forward Kevin Koubemba (17/3).
Bourg Peronnas looked really poor in their 0:2 defeat at home against Tours on Tuesday evening, as they never looked really actually competitive. It was their third game without a victory, as the hosts had more of the ball possession, but it was actually a meaningless one, since the visitors took the lead in 22nd minute via Malfleury. From that moment on, hosts tried even more to threaten their opponents, but without being effective, while the guests scored once more, in 76th minute via Belkebla, while the hosts had no time anymore in order to respond.
Bourg Peronnas did very well so far on the road, having currently seven victories, two draws and four defeats so far in thirteen games. Still, they are only in the middle of the table at tenth position, while a point here would be a positive result for them overall, even though they will probably be searching for a three pointer, knowing their previous record away from home. But, the team suffered obvious downtrend in form having scored only once in last three, so it will be interesting to see how they react here. Visitors will miss defender Mickael Alphonse (23/3), Yannick Goyon (11/0), but also midfielder Jason Berthomier (24/4) and forward Rafik Boujedra (21/2).
Bourg Peronnas really didn't look that well in previous rounds and I believe Brest has what it takes to prevail here. I rate them to be much bigger favorites than the current odds suggest, so I'm taking them with confidence knowing it's a good value bet this time.