Evian started pretty bad the series of pre-season friendlies but bounced back and had some good performances against decent sides like Shakhtar Donetsk (lost 3-2), Bastia (won 2-1) or Lorient (drew 1-1).
This summer they lost top-scorer Berigaud and brought in forwards Bruno from Bastia and Nielsen from Rosenborg. All the 3 mentioned players have almost the same playing style, so most likely Evian will continue to concentrate on actions carried on the flanks, and either serve long balls inside the penalty box or deliver fast and short passes near the edge of the box and try to destabilize opponents.
A couple of seasons ago Evian transferred-in Danish defender Wass and it proved to be one of their best moves in a long time. Now they brought in another Danish defender, Juelsgaard from Mitdtjylland who also seems to be a solid player.
For a newly promoted side Caen made a couple of important transfers. First of all central midfielder Feret arrived from Rennes. Even though he hasn’t played much last season, Feret is a talented player with great vision and can be an important asset especially for the offensive phase. The attack will also be boosted by forward Privat who was once top-scorer in Ligue2.
Winger Raspentino (played at Bastia last season) also arrived at the club, so there shouldn’t be any doubts that the emphasis will be on the offensive phase. Also, according to reports from friendlies and the training ground, Caen will use a 4-3-3 system concentrating on the attacking aspect of the game.
Even without last season’s top-scorer, Evian should be able to create enough opportunities and also convert through wingers or attacking midfielders, especially against a side that will concentrate on attacking.
Bookies failed to make their homework and we get amazing value for betting on goals. Over 2.25 at 2.06
UPDATE: Both sides are at full strength.
Evian: Hansen, B.Leroy, Durand – Abdallah, Sabaly, Juelsgaard, Mongongu, A.Angoula, Jon.Mensah, Cambon – D.Koné, Sorlin, Benezet, Barbosa, Camus, Wass – Nsikulu, Bruno, Nielsen
Caen: Perquis, Vercoutre – Appiah, Pierre, Imorou, Calvé, D.Da Silva – Seube, Saez, Adeoti, N.Kanté, Féret, Lemar – Raspentino, Koita, Bazile, Duhamel, Nangis