Mark O'Haire: It's back to France this week as we make our first trip of the season to Ligue 2

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Orleans v Bourg Peronnas

Bourg Peronnas are fighting for their lives in France’s second division and with only four fixtures to play, the Blues sit a solitary place and point above the relegation play-offs.

The minnows from the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region are competing in Ligue 2 for only their second campaign and their head coach Herve Della Maggiore remains confident his charges can keep their heads above water.

Two defeats in nine has certainly steadied the Peronnas posse but more recently, Tuesday night’s visitors have failed to seal maximum points in each of their past five. However, arguably more concerning is the fact Della Maggiore’s men have shipped at least two goals in three of their most recent four outings.

That sloppy Bourg Peronnas backline has managed to shutout just five of their 34 opponents this term and with the guests leaking an average of 2.18 goals-per-game on the road, silencing an enterprising Orleans outfit could prove problematic for the Blues.

The Yellows are safely nestled in mid-table although there has been a drop-off in performance levels as they look towards the summer. Didier Olle-Nicolle has seen his side W2-D3-L4 since mid-February with goals being a regular feature.

Indeed, Orleans have scored in each of their last 14 fixtures with 12 of those paid out in the Both Teams To Score column. Those matches have averaged 3.43 goals-per-game and so backing Over 2.5 Goals at 1.83 has obvious claims on Tuesday evening.

The hosts have seen all bar one of their Stade de la Source showdowns produce at least two goals with 10/17 (59%) featuring Over 2.5 Goals and six (35%) breaking the three-goal barrier. A hunky 13 (76%) of those contests also saw BTTS bank with an average of 3.24 goals-per-game.

Bourg Peronnas aren’t quite as lethal but have proven similarly profitable for goals-based punters. The underdogs have averaged 3.06 goals-per-game on their travels with 15 of their 17 encounters producing two goals or more – 11 (65%) saw this selection collect with seven (41%) seeing Over 3.5 Goals.

Recommended Bet:

Over 2.5 Goals (1.83)

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