Last round we could see a bit of improvement in Sochaux’s game (2-2 draw away at Valenciennes). Defensively they still made a couple of blunders and were not that confident, but upfront is where the change was visible.
Corchia is again back in the squad after an unsuccessful transfer attempt and looks more lively than ever (even scored last round). He used to be an exponential player, missed a couple of rounds in 2014, but now he is back in action. He usually plays as a fullback but can also be used as a winger because of the calling for the offensive phase.
When it comes to attacking Sochaux are definitely stronger now, especially on the flanks, where they have valuable players, worthy of another season in Ligue1…
In defense is where most of Sochaux’s problems lie. Coach’s Renard simply can’t understand Ligue1 football and this is definitely not helping. Instead of increasing the support for the defensive phase with an experienced player, he made 18 years old Malsa a starter in central midfield (a hesitant player with no experience).
Central defender Sunzu may return after being injured last round.
Just like in Sochaux’s case, there’s a definite improvement when it comes to Bordeaux’s offensive phase. They struggled a bit in 2014 with creating opportunities and scoring goals, but as soon as top-scorer Diabate returned form injury they are more inventive and confident. The other forward, Hoarau, just managed to score his first goal for Bordeaux since transferring-in, so everything looks good upfront, but the situation changes for the worse in defense.
There are many spaces between defenders and central midfielder N’Guemo is only a human and simply can’t cover for everyone. It will be a difficult game against Sochaux who are very active on the wings and determined to take as many points as possible.
Once again bookies failed to make their homework and we get incredible odds for over 2.5 goals. There’s even a line for over 2 goals (with money back if just 2 goals are scored) at 1.85 which deserves a medium size bet.
Sochaux : Pelé, Cros – Faussurier, Carlão, Zouma, Marange, Corchia, Sunzu – Ilaimaharitra, Roudet, Contout, Sinkala, Malsa, Doubaï, Prcic – Bakambu, Mayuka, Frau, Ayew, Butin.
Bordeaux : Carrasso, Jug, Mariano, Henrique, Planus, Biyogo-Poko, Sané, Nguemo, Orban, Hoarau, Faubert, Pellenard, Poundjé, Maurice-Belay, Sertic, Saivet, Diabaté, Kaabouni.
Key stat: Sochaux have conceded 10 of 13 home goals in the first half.
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