PREVIEW & TIPS FOR Valenciennes VS Strasbourg
Valenciennes and Strasbourg meet at the Stade du Hainaut in a 28th round of Ligue 2. Contrary to expectations, the recent direct showdown favors Valenciennes, as in the last 1 matches between these teams has a win. Although this is a game between 15th and 4th of the overall ranking, it is actually a game between the 14th place in home games and the 11th as a visitor.
The home team is currently in 15th place with 31 points, after 6 wins, 13 draws and 8 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied at home to Amiens for (1-1). In the last match, lost out to Lens by (2-0). This is a team little affected by the house factor, since it has achieved similar results at home and abroad. In the last 10 home games for the championship, Valenciennes have won 2, 5 and 3 draws, having won 11 points out of 30. In the matches played in their championship stadium, the most frequent result at the end of the first 45 ‘was 0-0, which was verified in 7 of their 13 matches. The team conceded goals to their opponents in 7 of their last 10 games in this competition, so they have not been very strong defensively. In 27 games in this competition, only managed 1 turn on the scoreboard in the 11 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Valenciennes is still unbeaten and will see their situation worsen as they drop one more position, go to 15th in the standings and get only three points more than the first team in the relegation zone, something quite different from the team’s ambitions in the beginning Of season.
The team has already accumulated seven games without winning in the current Ligue 2, being of those three defeats and its defense has worsened its performance enough, although the attack has a satisfactory performance for the position that the team occupies.
Despite having lost little at home, the team did not get many points and its instability also in home matches is one of its negative points. In thirteen games in his stadium are four wins, six draws and three losses.
The visiting team is currently in 4th place with 43 points, after 12 wins, 7 draws and 8 losses. In the penultimate match, won at home to the Tours by (4-2). In the last match, lost at home to Clermont Foot by (0-2). This is a stronger team in their stadium, where they conquered 29 points, against only 14 in their games as a visitor. In the last game he played for the Coupe de France, he lost with Avranches off (6-5) in the tie-break. His last away game for this competition ended with a 1-1 draw against Red Star. In the last 10 away games, Strasbourg have won 2, 3 draws and 5 defeats, having won 9 points out of 30. In his league games as a visitor the most frequent result at half-time was 0-0 (5 out of 13 matches). Defensive solidity has not been his strong point, having conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 games, but his attack has regularly scored as he has scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 27 games in this competition, he suffered the first goal 10 times and only got 1 turn on the scoreboard.
Strasbourg were quiet in second place and needed to win at home for who knows if isolate in the position and approach the leader Brest, but with the defeat in the last match was the fourth and helped to seize the competition, now having the same forty-three Points of the two teams above and six points of the first place.
Even with a defense that opens up chances for opponents to score in most matches, having the best attack of the competition with forty goals made the team always in the fight for the first place, but always taking a lot of risks. In the last six matches he had three wins, one draw and two losses.
As a visitor Strasbourg is a reflection of their matches in the general retrospection, where they oscillate a lot and are always with equal chance to win, lose or maintain a draw. In thirteen games he had three wins, five draws and five losses.