Valenciennes vs. Lorient Preview: Valenciennes Plan To Force Lorient Into A Draw

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Updated: January 20, 2014
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Valenciennes and Lorient meet in an epic clash that will determine their future in Ligue 1. Valenciennes target survival while Lorient is keen on keeping their spot in the top ten (10). In an encounter where both clubs are worthy to be chosen as online bookie  favorites, only a stalemate can serve the interests of both squads.

 

Match Date: 25 January 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stade du Hainaut

Team Form

Valenciennes

Valenciennes’ match against Lorient plays a pivotal role in the club for such will determine their survival in France’s top-flight league.

 

Currently, the squad sits at the relegation zone. Fortunately, they are not in the bottom part of the table and they only need four (4) points to ensure that they will still make it in Ligue 1 next season. Should they win, this will decrease their 4-point deficit to one (1) and slowly but surely, they can climb a step higher in the table. Such is also a good boost to one’s morale and could serve as an inspiration to their succeeding matches.

 

While it is true that they take on the minnows role when they face Lorient, they cannot be fully underestimated. Just recently, they caused a major disappointment to Monaco and Bastia.

 

Lorient

Similar to Valenciennes, Lorient also see their upcoming match as a pivotal one. For Lorient, a victory means ensuring a secure spot in the top ten (10). They cannot afford to lose as their next battle will be against the fast rising Monaco.

 

Lorient’s current form has been impressive and they will most likely draw some inspiration from it. During their last six (6) matches, the club has been victorious in four (4) of their matches. In terms of their scoring, they average with two (2) goals in seven (7) of their last eight (8) battles.

 

Online betting top pick: A stalemate

Lorient is in top form, indeed, that is true. However, Valenciennes’ two (2) great performances are simply too hard to ignore. They are very much capable of upsetting Lorient in their pitch battle.

 

With both clubs unwilling to throw the white towel, there is a possibility for the match to end in an even steven finish.
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