Match Preview: Evian Thonon Gaillard VS. Sochaux Montbeliard (Ligue 1)

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Updated: July 23, 2013
Saber Khalifa

Date: 11 August 2013, Parc des Sports (Annecy)
The Verdict: Evian Gives Sochaux Its First Defeat

 

Andrés Escobar’s one-year loan to Evian Thonon Gaillard exemplifies the squad’s determination to totally veer away from the relegation zone and move up of the Ligue 1 ladder. Adding more speed and agility to the pitch, Escobar will have his chance to test the waters as his squad meets its archrivals, Sochaux Montbeliard on Parc des Sports (Annecy).

 

 

Last season, The Pinks finished a notch behind Les Lionceaux and was just a notch away before finally entering the relegation zone. Although this is far from being impressive, Pascal Drupaz has all the reasons to believe that against Sochaux, still, they are the better team.

 
During their last encounter, The Pinks etched an overwhelming 5-1 against Les Lionceaux. This is despite of the fact that Brice Dja Djedje and Herve Bugnet’s injuries. Now that injuries are less of an issue this coming season and with a  highly-rated player coming into the team, Sochaux shall be forced to step-up its defence.

 
Sochaux’s defence is a renowned problem area for the squad. Surprisingly, although they are a point ahead of Evian, the latter had only conceded fifty-three (53) goals whereas Sochaux let go of fifty-seven (57).

 
In terms of the goals for made, Evian was actually five (5) points ahead of Sochaux. The latter had forty-one (41), while the former had forty-six (46).  Due to this, it is not surprising to see why Evian has a better aggregate score—not only against Sochaux, but also against teams that occupy a higher rank.

 
Sochaux may have fond the last season favorable. However, Evian will definitely ensure a reversal of roles.