There are many things that Ajaccio and Reims brought to them in the French first division, but the most important one is the passion for building a strong defense. With all the resources channeled towards closing the gap in their defensive system, it comes as no surprise that few goals are scored. When these two teams go head to head, a scoreless draw seems to be the most plausible result.
Bet: Halftime Draw
Odds: Bet365 2.05
Ajaccio plays in front of its fans and in theory should be the more aggressive team, but this won’t happen due to their disheartening display against Montpellier. Coach Alex Dupont stated his lack of satisfaction for the manner in which his players performed away from home, and blamed tiredness for the poor result. Having said this, he intends to field a more defensive minded squad despite the fact that Mutu and Eduardo are both expected to play from the first minute.
The aging players are only a shadow of their former selves, and will require all the support they can get from their teammates to score against Reims. The reason has nothing to do with the visitors’ ability to defend 90 min., but with their determination of not conceding an early goal. Reims has only one objective for this current season and this is to avoid relegation, which means that each point scrapped against the main rivals weighs heavily in the balance.
Seeing how ineffective Ajaccio is upfront when playing in front of its fans and how desperate the visitors are to defend, the natural conclusion would be to bet on few goals to be scored. The bookmakers have picked on the vibes unfortunately and the odds are dismal, so punters should look elsewhere for juicy odds. The best idea is to count on a draw at half time, especially with Bet365 offering odds above evens for this outcome.