Valenciennes and Sochaux meet at Stade du Hainaut, in a match for the 20th round of the Liga 2. In the last direct match for this edition of the league, on 03-08-2018, Valenciennes won by (0-1) ). In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss in the last 6 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 04-24-2018, in a match for League 2 that ended in a draw by (2-2). The goals of the match were scored by G. Robail (23 ‘) and M. Tahrat (86’), for Valenciennes, and A. Kalulu (22 ‘) and J. Fuchs (49’), for Sochaux. Despite being a match between 18 th and 16 th of the table, it is actually a match between the 11 th best team in home matches and the 18 th best in away matches.
The home team is currently in the 18 th position of the league, with 17 points won, after 4 wins, 5 draws and 9 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Niort, by (1-0). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Metz, by (0-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 13 points in away matches, with 8 goals scored and 17 conceded, against 14 points won at their stadium, with 14 goals scored and 15 conceded. The team comes to this match after an away defeat with Amiens SC by (1-0). For the championship, Valenciennes won 13 points out of 30 possible, after 3 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses in the last 10 home matches. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it has not been very strong defensively. In 18 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 7 times and never got the comeback. In the last 10 away matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 6 of their 14 goals between minutes (0′-15 ‘).
Of course the Valenciennes is worried about their situation in the championship, because it is within the zone of the descent playoff and would not want it, so, you will need to show a better quality football if you want to be regular and get out of this situation. Being that way, it is important to win against the fans, despite being aware that the difficulty will exist, as this can motivate the players for the rest of the competition. To conquer a good result it will be necessary to have homogeneity in all sectors of the field, because with a perfect performance and without errors you will be able to conquer a favorable marker. In this match the best players that are available will go to the field.
The away team is currently in the 16 th position, with 20 points won, after 6 wins, 2 draws and 11 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Red Star, by (3-0). In the last match, they won in a home match against Lorient, by (1-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 8 points in away matches and 8 at their stadium, with 7 goals scored and 14 conceded at home, against 8 goals scored and 11 conceded at home. In the last match that they played, for the Coupe de France, they lost to Lille by (1-0). In the last 10 away league matches Sochaux has a record of 2 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses, so they have won 8 points out of 30 possible. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (5 out of 9 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 5 of the last 10 matches for this competition have ended with Under 1,5 goals. In 19 matches in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 11 times and only managed 1 comeback. In the last 10 away matches for this competition there are 2 periods that stand out: they have scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (61′-75 ‘); He suffered 8 of his 14 goals between the minutes (61’-75 ‘).
The proximity to the playoff area of descent concerns Sochaux, because they are only three points that separate him from that area and it is clear that he will not want to enter there, because that is very harmful. That being the case, he is aware that he needs to conquer points at home and even away from his domains, so he expects this time to evolve and surprise, because he wants to return home with at least one draw. The fact of facing an adversary that is worse in the championship can be good, because if it manages to impose itself and show its football it can even leave the field with a victory. In this game Victor Glaentzlin will be absent, for being in the medical department.
PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.60