Creteil v Clermont: Ligue 2 Preview – Week 32
Creteil have finally won a game. After enduring an unprecedented run, seeing them winless since the 23rd of October, Creteil ended the long wait before the international break with an impressive victory away at a revived Nimes side.
It was Les Crocs first home defeat since November. Second half goals from their most effective players Mollet, Andriatsima and Dabo got them over the line in a 3-1 victory, as Creteil played excellent counter-attacking football and defended resolutely towards the end. With that
With that win, Creteil are amazingly, just two points from safety and have given themselves a real chance of survival. The final run in is far from kind to the Parisiens, and with Nancy, Auxerre, Red Star and two derby’s to come before the end of the season they will have a lot to do to get themselves out of trouble. They haven’t tasted success at home since the 25th of September and will be keen to get that monkey off their backs sooner rather than later.
Clermont have slipped down the table in the race for third once again following a draw with Lens and a deflating defeat at home to Red Star in the last game before the international break. Once star man Famara Diedhiou,
Once star man Famara Diedhiou, still top scorer on 20, has failed to score since the 25th of January, with his form taking a drastic slide in 2016, loanees Adrien Hunou and Gaetan Laborde have stepped up, taking on the goalscoring responsibilities and Clermont will no doubt look to hold on to those two whatever happens at the end of this year.
With seven games remaining Clermont are well in with a chance of promotion to Ligue 1 as they face only 1 of the top 8 in their final matches and will be confident of mounting a serious challenge for the top tier. They will surely target this as a must win, but for a club with such humble ambitions the team are performing well beyond expectations. Whatever happens, this season coach Corinne Diacre will receive huge plaudits for an impressive year once again.
Prediction: Creteil 1-2 Clermont