TIP OF THE DAY: Red Star – Nancy: Is it time for the first defeat of the league leader at home?

On Friday, there is a very interesting betting offer, and this time we have analyzed the most intriguing match of the 26th round of the French third division, where the top-placed Red Star will host the fourth-placed Nancy. The kickoff of the duel between these two teams is scheduled for 7:30 PM, when, among other things, all the other matches of this round will also begin.

Red Star FC: Can Anyone Threaten Their Top Spot on the Table?

Red Star is a five-time winner of the French Cup, and this club, in its 127-year history, has twice won Ligue 2. Last season, the team from Paris spent in the third tier of French football, where they finished third and, unfortunately, did not manage to secure promotion to Ligue 2, which has been their primary goal for years. There’s no doubt that this will be the main objective of the team from the French capital again, and currently, Red Star is at the top of the table with a seven-point lead over the second-placed Niort, and even an eleven-point lead over third-placed Martigues.

We mention the third position because, at the end of the championship, the top two teams will earn direct promotion to Ligue 2. In their last five matches, the team has remained unbeaten, achieving three wins and two draws. In the previous round, Red Star secured a very important victory away at Villefranche, ending the match with a 0:2 result. Before that, the league leaders in the French third division had two scoreless draws, first away at Avranches and then at their own stadium against Chateauroux, so that victory in the previous round gained even more importance, breaking a streak of two consecutive draws.

From this perspective, it seems likely that we will see the Parisian team in Ligue 2 next season, as it’s hard to expect the league leader to “squander” an eleven-point advantage over the third-placed team. The last head-to-head match between Red Star and Nancy was played in mid-October at the Nancy stadium and ended in a 1:1 draw. Finally, regarding their home matches, Red Star has played twelve games so far, achieving eleven wins and just one draw.

Nancy: A Tough Mission for Nancy!

Nancy was founded in 1967, and the most significant achievements in the history of this charming club are winning the French Cup in 1978 and the League Cup in 2006, when the team triumphed over Nice in the final with a score of 2:1. Additionally, Nancy has won Ligue 2 five times, with the last triumph coming in 2016 when they finished four points ahead of second-placed Dijon. Last season, the former Ligue 2 club finished in thirteenth place, just one point above the relegation zone, leading to the conclusion that the former League Cup and French Cup winners narrowly avoided relegation to the fourth division last season, which would have been a real disaster for a team that was once a regular participant in France’s top football division.

The primary goal this time too is promotion to Ligue 2, however, as things stand, it seems unlikely to happen. Currently, Nancy is in fourth place in the table, trailing the second-placed Niort by eight points. As mentioned earlier, the top two teams will secure promotion to Ligue 2 at the end of the championship. In their last five matches, the former French Cup winners have achieved three victories, one draw, and one defeat, the latter against Dijon away, with the match ending 3:1.

In the last round, the fourth-placed team played a pretty good match at their home ground against Orleans and won 1:0, leaving the impression that the victory could have been more convincing. Before that, the former regular participant of France’s highest football tier drew 1:1 away at Versailles. Regarding away matches, Nancy has played twelve games so far, and it seems that the team hasn’t really excelled, with only four wins, two draws, and six defeats during that period.

Our Betting Suggestions

Certainly, an exciting match awaits us, and above all, we expect the Nancy players to go for an all-or-nothing approach, which could primarily lead to many goals. Therefore, we advise you to try the Over 2.5 Goals bet, for which the bookmaker 22Bet has prepared odds of 2.05.

It’s also very possible that both teams will score at least one goal each, so we highly recommend you try the Both Teams to Score bet with odds of 2.01.

Finally, we believe that a highly motivated Nancy will manage to withstand this duel against the league leader, so we boldly suggest focusing on the Double Chance X2 bet, for which the bookmaker 22Bet has prepared odds of 2.22.

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