Valenciennes vs Sochaux Preview: Tough Survival Clash Await Valenciennes And Sochaux

Updated: February 21, 2014

The survival battle begins between Valenciennes and Sochaux. Struggling at the rock bottom part of the table, see the two (2) challenge each other and try to force a draw rather than get nothing. Under this context, betting for an even steven finish proves to be lucrative for online betting patrons.


Match Date: 22 February 2014 (local time)
Venue: Stade du Hainaut


Team Form


With just three (3) points away from salvation, Valenciennes expect to get a positive result in Stade du Hainaut.


Just recently, Valenciennes experienced a massive beating at Parc des Princes. The incumbent champion, Paris Saint Germain fired three (3) goals against them. Due to the said defeat, the club was unable to move out of the relegation zone and continues to battle for their survival next season.


Although surrendering to PSG is quite understandable and for the lack of a better term, (acceptable), Valenciennes can no longer afford to suffer another defeat when they meet Sochaux, which trail them by three (3) points. Apparently, their current lead is barely enough to secure a buffer zone over the rock bottom part of the table.


In terms of their team form, Valenciennes performance is plain satisfactory. They have managed to win twice. However, they lost thrice and drew once in their last six (6) matches.



Sochaux is another club desperate for survival. But unlike Valenciennes, they can draw some inspiration from their narrow win against Guingamp.


To be relegation contender seemed to be nothing new for Les Lionceaux. Last season, they finished on the 15th spot and so their current situation is far from being surprising. However, the biggest issue which they must confront is whether they have enough strength to repeat what they did last year.


Sochaux share the same team form with Valenciennes. But they are having problems with their away performances. They have already lost twelve (12) of their last thirteen (13) matches, where they also conceded an average of two (2) goals in eight  (8) of them.


Prediction: Draw


The season is about to reach the end and during these situations, the battle at the bottom part of the table becomes fiercer and more exciting than the title race. Under this context, one can only expect Valenciennes and Sochaux to engage in a highly competitive battle that can be only appeased by a draw.



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