Evian can be considered Cup experts. Last season they reached the final of the French Cup but lost against Bordeaux (3-2). It is not the same competition (French Cup and League Cup) but still it says a lot about the way Evian treats Cup games.
[restrict paid=true level=1] Before last round, Evian have played another 2 games in 2014. In both those games they used 3 defensive minded central midfielders. That changed last round against Marseille when experienced Barbosa started in the detriment of Kone in midfield.
They were more offensive and the impact was immediate as Evian managed to score their first 2014 goal. In fact, throughout the entire 90 minutes they seem to be more offensive than opponents Marseille.
Most likely Evian will continue with the same system as it allows to exploit more of their potential.
Even if at some points they concentrated many players in the defense, we could still see holes and mistakes.
Looks like in 2014 the preferred keeper is veteran Laquait (in 2013 it was Hansen). Laquait’s reflexes are heavily delayed and every single shot on target can, no matter the lack of power and accuracy, can become a goal.
Troyes are one of the most offensive teams in Ligue2. Not only because they have a couple of talented strikers constantly being rotated (that’s besides top-scorer Gimbert), but because of the midfield who is mainly offensive minded (Darbion, Nivet) and constantly pushes the game in opponent’s half.
At 2.10 the odds for over 2.5 goals scream of value. We can even get over 2 goals at around 1.60 for extra safety. Medium confidence.[/restrict]