Sochaux vs. Reims
This matchup pits two teams who like to play things close to the vest. Both clubs have gotten off to good starts in Ligue 2 with Reims sitting in 3rd place with 12 points and Sochaux right behind in 5th with 10 points. Each have scored 7 goals, and combined the two teams have only allowed 7 goals in their 6 games (Reims 3, and Sochaux 4).
Last season only 4 clubs had more games finish with Under 2.5 goals than Sochaux and they are at it again with already three 0-0 scorelines this year and 3 of the their six games coming in under 2.5 goals. With 3 draws already 5 of their six games coming in Under 2.5 goals themselves, Reims have been keeping things tight so far as well.
Pick: DRAW +190
Pick: Under 2.5 goals -188
Red Star vs. Laval
This match see the opposite from above, as Red Star and Laval have gotten off to poor starts sitting 15th and 17th in Ligue 2 standings respectively. Red Star have only 3 goals in their 6 games, though all 3 have come in their past 3 games. That being said one was by virtue of penalty last match in their first win of the season (2-1) over AC Ajaccio.
Laval has scored one more goal than Red Star this year (4), but 3 of those came in their first win last week over Orleans. Prior to that they had been shut out in 3 straight league games.
Each team has allowed 6 on the year, both play ultra defensively and each will likely gladly take any point they can get and will see this match as an opportunity to collect something. Red Star have 3 0-0 draws already and Laval have played 5/6 games under the 2.5 goal total. With their stadium unfit for Ligue 2 competition, Red Star won’t even have the full benefit of a normal home field advantage as they play their games outside of the city.
Pick: DRAW +163
Already a very low price on the draw, money has been pouring in on both team sharing the spoils as this number has dropped from +188.
Orleans vs Strasbourg
Two promoted sides from the Nacional League have each taken different routes to start their Ligue 2 campaigns. Strasbourg sit 2nd place with 12 points, 8 goals for and only 3 allowed, while Orleans sit 18th with only 4 goals scored and 6 allowed. Despite their poor placing in the table, Orleans’ matches have been close besides their 3-1 loss to the lowly Laval last week. Strasbourg had a slightly shorter work week to prepare as they played and won 2-0 against Troyes on Monday. All but one of Strasbourg’s games have also come in Under 2.5 goals.
Pick: Draw or Strasbourg -250
Tours vs. Nimes
While neither team has gotten off to a great start this year, their games have been interesting. Scoring hasn’t been a problem for Tours who have 9 goals this year, their problem has been keeping the ball out of their own net as they’ve allowed 10. Only 2 of their 6 games have stayed under 2.5 goals.
Nimes have scored 6 on the year which have all come in their last 3 games. They’ve also allowed 8. New forwards Alioui and Kouakou are clicking and this is a team that scored the sixth most goals in Ligue 2 last year.
Pick: Both teams to score -138
Valenciennes vs. AC Ajaccio
Two defensive minded teams that each saw 25 of their 38 L2 games finish under 2.5 goals last year meet in this match. AC only managed 1 win on the road all of last season and Valenciennes have already fallen unde that total 4 times this year.
Pick: Under 2.5 goals