Football: the keys to the Rodez – Niort match

It’s back to school this Tuesday, January 5 for Ligue 2, whose 18th day will see Rodez oppose Niort at the Paul-Lignon stadium (kick off at 8 p.m.). The Raf will be able to count on its recruit Julien Célestine, qualified.

Indeed, the last administrative documents arrived this Monday afternoon at Raf. Suddenly, coach Laurent Peyrelade could choose to start the 23-year-old central defender. Rémy Boissier, the midfielder, house gunner and co-top scorer of the club with four goals, is suspended. Aurélien Tertereau, still injured in his foot, and Daouda Gueye, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, will also be missing. The Senegalese striker is placed in solitary confinement at his home for at least seven days. The rest of the workforce is operational on the blood and gold side. Moreover, the coach has called a group of 19 players on Monday, which he will have to reduce to 18 tomorrow. Among them, Lionel Mpasi, Théo Guivarch’s usual lining in goal, will be established, as in Le Havre at the end of last year (1-1). Guivarch paying a delicate start to the season.

Facing Raf, Niort will present himself without his main trainer, Sébastien Desabre, affected by the Covid-19. The virus, which had already been fatal in the last game of the Chamois, current 9th, against Valenciennes before the truce, pursues them. In recent hours, if some players are negative again, two others have declared the disease, said the club, which has not disclosed the identities of the patients. Nevertheless, and while he is not in the wounded box, the club’s top scorer, Pape Ibnou Ba (8 goals), is not on the trip to Aveyron …

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A delicate situation therefore while for his part, Rodez remains on 12 matches in a row without success, a sacred problem for the current 19th. Starting the year with a victory is therefore crucial for the men of President Pierre-Olivier Murat.

The groups of the two teams

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