Troyes vs Orleans by Lucien
Troyes did really well last time out away from home as the team managed to get a three pointer in on the road game against Bourg Peronnas following their 4:2 victory. Hosts were the ones who had better entrance into the match and took the lead in 12th minute from a penalty kick taken by Boussaha. However, visitors looked much more threatening and managed to score three before the halftime whistle, via Azamoum, DIngome and Niane, while the hosts stood playing with a man less in 42nd minute when midfielder Nirlo got red carded.
Gusts scored once more, again via Niane in 63rd and practically sealed the victory while the hosts reduced the deficit in 74th via Merdji, while Troyes staying with a man less in last moments of the game when defender Traore got red carded. Overall, chances and ball possession were quite shared, but the players of Troyes were much more effective with the chances they created. The team is now at sixth position with just two points less than third and play-off placed Strasbourg and remaining in a must win position in this one.
Home team will miss suspended defenders Charles Traore (19/1) and Christophe Herelle (25/0), plus injured forward Raphael Caceres (14/1).
Orleans, on the other side, comes from a point taken in front of own fans against GFC Ajaccio 1:1 in the game played two weeks ago. They were the ones who took the lead, in 16th minute via Youssouf, but the visitors replied in next attack just a minute later via Kemen. Game was quite a defensive one later on, with neither of the teams risking a lot in order to get the three pointer and the final outcome seems more than fair.
With this point taken, Orleans maintained mini run of matches without a victory extending it now to three, as they remain second from the bottom at the table with just a point less than safely placed Tours and need to get something out of this match, even though their record away from home (2-2-10) is far away from promising. Guests will be missing suspended defender Gauthier Pinaud (19/0), injured midfielder Matthieu Ligoule (22/0) and forwards Khaled Ayari (17/4, second top scorer) and Kevin Dupuis (9/0) both also injured.
There's plenty of more individual quality that speaks in favor of Troyes in this one. With the help of their fans, I expect home team to get the victory easy or hard against the worst travellers in Ligue 2.