Niort suffered another defeat, this time by Bastia 2-1 away, and are mathematically relegated to the third division. They will be competing in the new year in National 1, with Nior experiencing their fourth consecutive defeat against Bastia, and apart from some flashes, relegation was deserved, with 10 defeats in the last 12 games (1-1-10). With the worst offense, defense, and home record (5-2-10), they can’t stay in Ligue 2. Due to various reasons Benchama (32/1), Michel (31/0 first goalkeeper), Merdji (25/1), Passi (19/1), Rocheteau (18/1), Flemmings (8/1), and Bentil (7/0) are out of the squad, while Olaitan (30/3) is doubtful.
Annecy got a golden victory the previous round, beating the leader Le Havre at home, breaking the unbeaten streak of 32 games of their opponent. They took a deep breath because were winless in the last four matches (0-2-2) and reacted at the most appropriate point of the season, having +2 points from the relegation zone. The victory against the relegated Niort is of high importance, due to the heavy schedule in the last two rounds at home against Bordeaux and away to Paris FC.
Extra bet: Annecy win @ 2.15 odds