Clermont Foot vs Niort
France – Ligue 2.
Date: Friday, 11th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Stade Gabriel Montpied (Clermont-Ferrand).
The team managed by Pascal Gastien are still in the race for promotion. Since the league is closely competed we may see some last minute wonders at the end of the season.
The hosts are 8th at present with just 3 points separating them and their opponents for Friday. In the last 5 matches that they played in all competitions, the side from Clermont-Ferrand have 2 wins and losses each.
Fewer than 2.5 goals were scored in 5 of their previous 7 games across all venues. at home they are unbeaten in the last 8 matches of which they have 4 victories. Six of those 8 matches had a final score with less than 2.5 goals in total.
Niort has surprised everyone at the start of this season. The team which finished 15th last time around are 5th in the table after 19 rounds are completed. They have won 9 and lost 5 of those games and are in a possible promotion spot at present.
Manager Patrice Lair has given the team a great base to work on for the future. If they continue their current form, promotion to Ligue 1 is on the horizon. A 5 match unbeaten run, that had 3 wins on the row ended with the defeat to Bergerac in the Coupe de France. This was their first defeat after November last year in all competitions.
Les Chamois has never failed to score in their last 6 competitive fixtures across all grounds. A much similar form exists in their away games as well. The loss against Bergerac was their first loss in the last 7 games. The visitors have 4 wins in that period which makes them one of the stronger sides in the league away from home.
Both sides are on a similar form with 2 wins and defeat each in their recent 5 games in the league. So we can expect a close match as the Niort goats travel to Clermont.
Clermont Foot vs Niort: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Niort are leading with 3 wins in the last 5 h2h matches against these opponents.
- Clermont has not won against Niort since February 2016.
- More than 2.5 goals were scored in 4 of their last 6 h2h matches across all venues.
- Niort has 2 wins and a loss at this ground against the hosts from the last 5 h2h matches.
- Fewer than 2.5 goals were scored in 3 of those 5 games previously played here.
Clermont Foot vs Niort: Prediction
Most of their previous meetings ended up as low scoring matches. In 4 of their last 6 h2h games at this venue saw a score with less than 2.5 goals in total. Stats for both teams this season show a similar trend. Fewer than 2.5 goals have been scored in 13 matches of the hosts and 14 matches of the away side. Thus a bet can be placed on a match with less than 2.5 goals with 1.66 odds.
Even though Niort has been better in terms of points, they are not safe in terms of table position. Also Clermont has been brilliant in terms of home matches. They are unbeaten in the last 8 games in front of the home crowd. So based on home form i will be going with Clermont Foot to win with 1.72 odds.
Clermont Foot vs Niort: Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.66 (2/3).
Clermont to win @ 1.72 (5/7).