MARK O’Haire (@MarkOHaire) is scanned the continental football scene to find his best bet. This week it’s Ligue 1 that’s in focus.
Caen v Bordeaux | Saturday 19.00
Any of you who follow me on Twitter will know, Caen have cemented their place in my heart with a number of spectacular displays in 2015. Whatever Santa bought them for Christmas, I want it…
Going into the winter break, SMC were looking bewildered in the bottom three. But a 1-0 loss away to Lille was soon forgotten about as the northerners have embarked on an emphatic set of results and performances.
Last Friday’s 3-2 win in Marseille was fully deserved and Patrice Garande’s men have gained more points (19), scored more goals (20) and attempted more shots-on-target than any other Ligue 1 side this calendar year.
Skipper Julien Féret has led from the front while Emiliano Sala, derided at Bordeaux, has even hit a hot streak in front of goal. Saturday’s hosts now sit five points above the drop zone in the dizzy heights of 12th.
But rather than back Caen to win against a Bordeaux side that’s suffered just 7/27 (26%) defeats under Willy Sagnol, I’m happy to go balls deep into the 4/6 from 888 Sport that this fixture features Over 2 Goals on the Asian Goals line.
This selection means we’ll get our cash back should exactly two goals be scored and we’ll have ourselves a winner should three or more be plundered. It offers us a bit of security should the game go against the grain with only one or zero goals seeing the bet lose.
Caen have scored at least twice in six of their previous seven while 10 of their 13 matches at Stade Michel d'Ornano have featured at least two goals. Just two clean sheets since September is always a concern for SMC but we’re backing goals and it’s another positive in our favour.
As for Bordeaux, Sagnol’s charges made it six games unbeaten as they were held by Reims to a 1-1 draw last weekend. Eight of their away games have producing two goals or more with Les Girondins netting in 21/27 league outings this term – seven clean sheets across the same timeframe suggests they’re yet to find the magic formula in defence and so it would be a surprise if they were to keep in-form Caen out.
Caen v Bordeaux – Over 2 Goals on the Asian Goals line (4/6 888 Sport)
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