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Niort head to Stade Gabriel-Montpied on Saturday for the Ligue 2 fixture with home side Clermont Foot.
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Clermont Foot will be hoping for a better result after a 1-0 Ligue 2 loss in their previous game against AS Nancy Lorraine.
In that match, Clermont Foot had 68% possession and 14 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. At the other end, AS Nancy Lorraine got 5 attempts at goal with 2 on target. Saliou Ciss (90') was the scorer for AS Nancy Lorraine.
A common feature of recent Clermont Foot games is the high number of scores with a nil in them.
From their prior six matches leading up to this one, in 6 of them a wager on "Both Teams to Score" would have been a losing one.
Ahead of this clash, Clermont Foot are unbeaten in their last 10 home league matches. Visiting teams have certainly not had an easy time of it here.
Niort come into this encounter following a 1-0 Ligue 2 win in the defeat of Toulouse in their previous game.
In that match, Niort had 42% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Niort was Pape Ibnou Bâ (87'). At the other end, Toulouse FC got 10 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
The stats don’t lie, and Niort have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 8 goals in all. At the back, Les chamois seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly. Let’s find out if that trend will be continued on in this game.
Their previous form shows that Niort:
- haven't won against Clermont Foot in games played away from home for the previous 3 matches in the league.
- are without a win away from home in their last 10 league games. What a terrible run of away results.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head duels going back to 03/11/2017, neither club has come out on top overall with Clermont Foot winning 2 of those games, Niort 2 and 2 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
An aggregate of 19 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 9 of them for Clermont and 10 belonging to Les chamois. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.17.
The last league fixture featuring these sides was Ligue 2 match day 13 on 01/12/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Niort 1-0 Clermont Foot.
The referee was Nicolas Rainville.
Team News: Clermont Foot
Clermont Foot manager Pascal Gastien has zero fitness concerns at all before this match thanks to a fully healthy squad to choose from.
Team News: Niort
Niort boss Sébastien Desabre has to currently contend with reduced team options. Issouf Paro (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Mathieu Michel (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be making appearances.
In our view, Clermont Foot look set to fashion enough chances to find the net more than once while possibly not conceding when they face Niort, who may well struggle getting on the scoresheet.
We can therefore see a comfortable 2-0 victory for Clermont Foot come full-time.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Gabriel-Montpied (11,980)
Captain: Jonathan Iglesias
Chairman: Ahmet Schaefer
Manager: Pascal Gastien
Competitions: Ligue 2 position 2
🔑 Key Player: Mohamed Bayo
Mostly taking to the field in the Striker position, Mohamed Bayo was born in France. After making a first senior appearance for Clermont Foot in the 2018 - 2019 season, the goalscoring Forward has netted 17 league goals in this Ligue 2 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 29 appearances.