Match date: 16 Jan 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: France Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 2 (0 AH)
| Match result:
2-1 - Lost
Valenciennes occupies 14th spot at the table in French Ligue, they collected 24 points out of 19 matches and have seven points more than relegation placed Laval. In last match of 20th round will host Sochaux which showed pretty good performances and are at upper part of the table. During winter break hosts played one friendly match against lower ranked Dunkerque and were defeated with convincing result there while before that got three draws in league and were eliminated from French Cup after being defeated by Sarreguimes.
They didn't had some great season so far, last one also wasn't impressive and i simple doubt that will manage to reach some higher position, at this moment their main target is to stay above relegation zone, so far did that but their form isn't good and tonight must play on really high level to earn some points. In last 8 meetings with guests they have failed to celebrate and were defeated three times, in first duel in this season divided points after goalless draw away from home, that is in my opinion one of the most possible outcomes but to avoid defeat hosts must play on some really high level.
Defender Ciss (17/4) will miss this game due to a national duties while midfielders Kabore (3/0), Dabo (1/0) and forward N'Dao (14/1) are all injured and won' be available here.
Sochaux on the other hand can be more than satisfied with results in this season, they are at 5th spot at the table and have one match less played than all teams above them so in case of victory would climb up to a third spot which leads into play offs for promotion. Guests are now one of promotion contenders, they were much closer to a relegation zone in last season and ended only three points above red zone in last campaign.
So far they did a great job and seems very confident, from French Cup and league Cup were eliminated and now are fully focused on league and winning promotion, to this game are coming after elimination from league cup by Monaco, they simple couldn't do much against such a strong side but were fighting until the end and only after penalties were defeated. Guests suffered only three defeats so far in league and were really great, especially in defense, so far conceded only 14 goals, least in league and i believe that here can save their own net.
Goalkeeper Werner (4/0), midfielders Fuchs (15/1), Martin (10/1) and forward Karanovic (9/2) will all miss this match due to injuries while defender Teikeu (15/1) will also stay out due to a international duty.
Valenciennes had pretty poor season so far, they must show some improving to avoid further dropping of their position, despite by bookies hosts are slight favorites here i doubt that can achieve positive result against pretty good Sochaux which have imperative to win this match and reach position which could lead them into Ligue 1, in my opinion guests are closer to a victory tonight.