Valenciennes vs Sochaux
France – Ligue 2.
Date: Friday, 11th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Stade du Hainaut (Valenciennes).
The home team is in the relegation zone already after a poor performance at the start of the season. They are the worst defensive unit in the entire competition with 32 goals conceded. Half of their league games have been defeats and the Athenians are on a 2 match losing streak in the league as well.
From their last 5 competitive matches, the home team lost 3 and won only once. In 4 of those 5 games, the final score had less than 2.5 goals in total. Also, the most recent 4 games ended with no clean sheets for the team from Valenciennes.
Sochaux is also having problems at the back conceding 25 goals while scoring 15 only. They are 16th in the table with 11 defeats in 19 matches. From their last 5 games in all competitions, they won 3 and lost the remaining 2. Four of those games had less than 2.5 goals at the final whistle.
But away form during that period is just the opposite. Les Lionceaux has lost 3 of their recent 5 matches and failed to keep a clean sheet in all 4 of those 5 matches as well.
With just 3 points separating these two sides, this upcoming game can be considered as a battle of equals.
Valenciennes vs Sochaux: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The hosts have won 3 and lost 1 of the last 5 h2h games against these opponents across all venues.
- In 4 of those previous 5 matches, the score had more than 2.5 goals in total.
- The Athenians have won 2 and lost 1 of their last 5 meetings against Sochaux at home.
- All 5 of those home matches had over 2. 5 goals in total at the final whistle.
- Both teams have found the net in the last 7 h2h matches held at this venue.
Valenciennes vs Sochaux: Prediction
With both teams busy conceding goals, it is hard to predict the exact winner. The away side are on an active 2 match losing streak on the road. While the home side is without a win in their last 2 home matches as well. SO I think this game will be closely contested. Thus a bet can be placed on a double chance for a draw or the away team to win with 1.57 odds.
Although they have conceded more than what they have scored, both the sides failed to score goals also. The hosts have not found a goal in 3 league matches on the trot. Visitors have scored only 15 goals all season. So we can bet on a score with less than 2.5 goals on Friday with 1.65 odds.
Valenciennes vs Sochaux: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Draw or Away team to win @ 1.57 (4/7).
Under 2.5 goals in total @ 1.65 (7/11).