Le Havre x Tours
Le Havre coach Bob Bradley felt like his team faced two opponents last weekend – Sochaux and the pitch. “Are they going to change it [the pitch] after this game?” said the former USA coach following his side’s 1-0 defeat at Stade Bonal last Friday. “It was impossible to play fluent football out there. No matter where in the world you’re playing football, on a surface like that games normally end up 1-0.”
Aside from the usual arguments about the pitch being the same for both teams, it was no wonder Bradley felt aggrieved as it was a slip from Le Havre centre-back Steven Fortes that let in Sochaux substitute Sekou Cisse to net the late winner. The result was harsh on Le Havre as they had been the better team for most of the game although they had only themselves to blame for the poor finishing that blighted their performance.
Le Havre were excellent the last time they played at home (3-2 vs Valenciennes) and will hope that Tours, caught in mid-table no-man’s land, are already eying the end of the season as they have little to play for. Certainly Le Havre’s need for points is more pressing and, as long as they can improve on last week’s finishing, they stand a good chance of collecting all 3pts.
HEAD TO HEAD
Le Havre’s all-time record at home to Tours is an excellent W7-D2-L2.