Clermont Foot vs Valenciennes
France – Ligue 2
Date: Friday, 8th February 2019
Kick-off at 19.00 UK/ 20.00 CET
Venue: Stade Gabriel Montpied (Clermont-Ferrand).
Clermont Foot 63 was one of the consistent performers in Ligue 2 as Pascal Gastien and his troop are solid at the back, conceding 0.8 goals per game. Creating chances using through ball and playing through the middle of the park has been their style of play.
Florian Aye has been given license to play freely upfront, already scored 11 and assisted another 3. Center-backs lead the line half and thwart most of the opponent’s attack through physical play.
On the other hand, the Athenians are struggling to gather pace to revive their season. Reginald Ray too often changes his starting eleven, it makes their core unstable. Conceding goals has been their problem whole season, 39 goals scored against them. Valenciennes is very weak in terms of protecting the lead, only won a single match in the last 7.
Clermont Foot vs Valenciennes Head-to-head (h2h)
- Clermont leads 3-1 in the last 5 matches in all competitions.
- The home team scored 7 goals in the last 2 meetings.
- Valenciennes’s last victory at Stade Gabriel Montpied was in 2006.
- Clermont won the last 3 matches on the trot at home.
Clermont Foot vs Valenciennes Prediction
This will be a comfortable victory for Pascal Gastien and his team. Opponent’s defense will be breached a couple of times and will try to increase their point difference in the league table. The away side will try to frustrate the opponent by parking a bus in front of their goal post.
The home team will run riot over the opposition and score goals, as Athenians are one of the worst goals conceding teams. History suggests that the home side have the upper hand in this tie. They will score exactly 3 goals in this match.