Le Havre still have a chance, albeit very slim, to gain promotion to Ligue 1 as we go into the 38th and last round of Ligue 2 tonight. Havre take on Bourg en Bresse and have to win and at the same time hope Metz lose their game at Lens. Not only that, Le Havre, who are trailing Metz by three points, are also six goals behind and hence need to go for goals tonight. Goals haven’t actually been the problem in the last couple of weeks as Bob Bradley’s team have scored three goals in each of their last two league games against Nimes (3-1) and Auxerre (3-1). Also, only the two top teams Nancy and Dijon have better home records than Le Havre and we think the combination of motivation and class will provide the winning formula here.
Team news: The home side are without injured striker Mathieu Duhamel so youngster Nathaël Julan will be included in the squad.
Newcomers Bourg en Bresse have done surprisingly well and sit 10th in the table, 11 points clear of relegation. It could actually have been even better but a poor run of form in April saw them only picking up a single point from four league games. They did win their last game at home to equally form deprived Lens, but didn’t impress. While their home form have been excellent they have struggled on their travels and have tasted defeat in 10 out of 18 games on the road this season. Another one is expected tonight.
Team news: Patrice Dimitrou and Florent Perradin were already out from before and after the last league game the visitors have added Mickaël Alphonse and Rafik Boujedra to the injury list and will also be without Jimmy Nirlo who is suspended.
Date & Time: 13 May 2016 – 20.45 CET
League: Ligue 2 (France)
Match: Le Havre – Bourg en Bresse
Pick: Le Havre AH -1
Highest Odds: 1.75 @ betvictor
Stake: 20 EUR
RB Leipzig Women on the up
Newly promoted RB Leipzig are heading to bottom of the table MSV Duisburg tonight in the sixth round of the Frauen Bundesliga. Duisburg are still winless and faced heavy defeat in their last league outing to Eintracht Frankfurt (1-5). The Zebras have already conceded 21 goals this season while only scoring four and will struggle to stay in the division.
They still have to do without Sarah Freutel, Alexandra Emmerling, Jelena Prvulovic and Brooke Denesik, and received another blow as Danish centre back Emilie Henriksen also will miss the game due to illness.
RB Leipzig hope to pick up their second win of the season and were happy to see all their international players come back healthy and raring to go after the break. Elvira Herzog, Michela Croatto, Julia Magerl and Korina Janez all trained with the team this week and look sharp.
We’re rather confident of an away win here.
Date & Time: 3 November 2023 – 17:30 GMT
Competition: Bundesliga Women (Germany)
Match: MSV Duisburg – RB Leipzig
Pick 1: RB Leipzig Asian Hcp -1
Odds: 2.05 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 1-1, bet lost.
New manager boost for Ajax
To say that Ajax’s start to the season has been poor is an understatement. In fact, Ajax are incredibly enough bottom of the Eredivise table after their opening eight games, the worst start ever for the club. It came as little surprise then when head coach Maurice Steijn was relieved of his duties and replaced with Hedwiges Maduro on an interim basis. He did not fare much better in his two games in charge, a 0-2 loss to Brighton followed up by a 2-5 loss at PSV. This led to the club appointing John van’t Schip as their new manger on a two year deal.
van’t Schip has only had a few days to prepare for tonight’s game against struggling Volendam, but just having a permanent manager, let alone a club legend, in place must be seen as a boost. Also, the visitors are the worst away team in league, having lost all their four league outings this season, scoring only four goals in the process while conceding a whopping 12.
This is the perfect rebound spot for Ajax and despite their struggles so far, we believe they will go all out here and win this comfortably.
Date & Time: 2 November 2023 – 19:00 GMT
Competition: Eredivise (Netherlands)
Match: Ajax – Volendam
Pick 1: Ajax Asian Hcp -1.5, -2
Odds: 1.86 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet won! (half win)
Pick 2: Ajax HT/FT
Odds: 1.72 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: Half time score: 0-0, bet lost.
Pick 3: Over 3.5, 4 goals in the game
Odds: 1.925 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet lost.
Rotating Rovers without chance
Chelsea get a welcome break from league football when they welcome Championship side Blackburn Rovers to Stamford Bridge tonight. A place in the Carabao Cup quarter finals is at stake and the Blues aim to go all the way.
Rovers are expected to make some changes to the team that lost 0-1 at home to Swansea at the weekend and Jake Garrett, Adam Wharton, Dilan Markanday and Andrew Moran all could get a start here. Captain Lewis Travis will start but Rovers’ manager Jon Dahl Tomasson will have to do without top scorer Sam Szmodics who is nursing an injury picked up at the weekend.
Chelsea could also give some of the non regular starters a chance to shine, with the likes of Armando Broja and Ian Maatsen. We could also see Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk, who missed the league defeat to Brentford at the weekend, start.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “We will try to play with our best team. Some players will need to rest because after Saturday’s game we can’t take risks. But, in general, we will try to play our best team.”
We will take his word for it and expect Chelsea to win this rather comfortably.
Date & Time: 1 November 2023 – 19:45 GMT
Competition: Carabao Cup (England)
Match: Chelsea – Blackburn
Pick: Chelsea to win & Under 4.5 goals
Odds: 1.73 @ Skybet
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet won!