Match date: 16 Dec 2016
| Sport: Football
| Competition: France Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1
| Match result:
3-0 - Won
Clermont stands at 13th spot at the table and although that's not exactly what they expected in this season must be satisfied, after solid start they wen't out of the tracks but at this moment seems to be in decent shape, in last 8 matches including two in Cup suffered only one defeat against Troyes away from home with narrow result. Now in 19th round will host relegation placed Orleans. In this game they must go for a victory, in previous three rounds they failed to celebrate and earned only two points, most recently got a draw in previous round against Bourg Peronnas away from home, here must exploit advantage of home field, in last meeting at this ground two season ago the celebrated with narrow result and now that would be a great result.
Last campaign they ended at 7th spot and were much better but some of the players left the team during last summer without proper reinforcements, they aren't one of the candidates for promotion but should be able to reach higher and safe spots, now are safe with seven points more than guests and here will have a chance to increase that difference. In this season hosts suffered three defeats at this ground, one of them was in Cup against Marseille while two came in league, in this match are favorites and i believe that will manage to achieve victory and at least retain current spot. Only midfielder Joseph Lopy (17/3) will miss this game due to recent injury.
Orleans won promotion into Ligue 2 in last campaign, they managed to return after only one season in third league but from start they had problems to confront to a teams in stronger league and now are at 18th spot at the table in relegation zone. So far guests achieved only three victories in league and all of them were at home ground, now must show some quiet good performances to overcome decent hosts. In previous round they divided points with third placed Reims at home, before that were defeated by Red Star and Valenciennes and i doubt that will manage to avoid another defeat tonight.
Visitors are one of relegation contenders, they simple must show some significant improving to get out of the red zone, 15 points out of 18 rounds simple isn't enough for safe zone, here must show some really stunning performances to overcome hosts at this field, they must show better game on travelings to survive but in this match i doubt that will manage to collect some points. Defenders Antar Yahia (7/0), Adrien Pagerie (7/0), midfielders Farid Beziouen (14/1), Greg Houla (10/0) and forward Kevin Dupuis (1/0) will all remain sidelined for this game due to injuries.
Clermont didn't impressed with results so far but i'm pretty sure that will manage to retain their position in safe zone and stay out of danger to be relegated, they dropped their form in comparison to a previous season, now are facing with guests which managed to return into Ligue 2 and main target for Orleans is to survive but so far didn't showed enough to stay in safe zone, hosts are favorites in this game and i believe that will achieve victory in front of their crowd.