Match preview Ligue 2: Valenciennes - Sochaux at Stade du Hainaut

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Competition: France Ligue 2
Competition: Fri 14.February
Match begins: 19:00 (UTC)
Venue: Stade du Hainaut (24926 seats)

Valenciennes and Sochaux have both delivered a "par" performance so far, to use a golfing expression. Both hold mid-table positions in the Ligue 2.

We should expect both teams to be fresh and ready for this match, as there is some time since both teams last played. Let's have a look at how the teams are doing!

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Valenciennes form and stats

When playing at home in the Ligue 2, Valenciennes have managed 6 wins, 4 draws and suffered 2 defeats from 12 games.

The fans are hoping that Valenciennes will strike back in this match, putting things right after the 1-3 away loss in the Ligue 2 game against Clermont (placed 4th). Before that, Valenciennes drew at home versus Guingamp.

The goals haven't exactly been flowing for Valenciennes here at Stade du Hainaut in the league, with less than one goal per game on average (11 from 12 games). Defensively Valenciennes have been outstanding, conceding less than half a goal on average per home game in the league (5 in 12 games). For more goal stats, check the Statistics tab above.

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Sochaux form and stats

Sochaux have only collected 10 points from their away games in the Ligue 2, after 2-4-5 (11 played).

Sochaux won their last game, 1-0 versus Le Mans played at home. A 1-1 draw at Nancy's stadium before that.

Sochaux made it very difficult for themselves in their last game, Christophe Diedhiou receiving a red card in the 12th minute. The match was still a draw at this point. But even with this card, Sochaux won the match 1-0!

The visitors have scored 8 goals from 11 away games in the league, an average of less than one per game. As opposed to that, Sochaux have seen the ball go into their own net 13 times on the road.

Head 2 Head

The teams have played each other before this season, with the result Sochaux - Valenciennes 0-0 entered in the official records. Valenciennes-Sochaux H2H statistics last ten meetings regardless of arena: Valenciennes four wins, Sochaux two wins, four draws. five of these ten matches had three or more goals (over 2,5).

Top Goalscorers

ValenciennesT. Chevalier
T. Chevalier
12 goals
SochauxA. Sané
A. Sané
9 goals
SochauxB. Lasme
B. Lasme
3 goals

Valenciennes missing players

Sochaux missing players

Valenciennes Sochaux
Total Home vs mid Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
24 12 3 Played P 2 11 24
9 6 0 Won W 0 2 8
8 4 2 Drew D 1 4 8
7 2 1 Lost L 1 5 8
18 11 1 Scored S 2 8 24
16 5 3 Conceded C 3 13 23
83% 83% 67% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 91% 88%
42% 42% 67% Over 1.5 O 1.5 100% 73% 67%
12% 8% 0% Over 2.5 O 2.5 50% 18% 25%
4% 0% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 9% 17%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 0%
25% 17% 33% BTTS BTTS 100% 36% 29%
50% 67% 33% Clean Sheets C S 0% 27% 42%
42% 33% 67% Failed to Score F T 0% 45% 42%
 
4.2 3.8 3 Corners for (avg) C F 4 3.8 4.2
5.2 4.2 5 Corners against (avg) C A 5.5 5.5 4.6
2.3 2.8 2.7 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2 2.1 1.9
5 5 1 Red cards R C 0 1 3
 
231 140 21 Total Shots T S 17 87 206
69 40 5 Shots on Target S O 6 26 69
26% 28% 20% Goal Efficiency G E 33% 31% 35%
Key stats in Ligue 2 this season:
  • Sochaux has the fewest dropped points from leading position (2)
  • Valenciennes has the fewest conceded goals (16)
  • Valenciennes has the fewest conceded goals in the second half (7)
  • Valenciennes has the fewest matches over the total-line (3)
  • Valenciennes has the most matches under the total-line (19)
  • Valenciennes have scored at least twice as many goals as they have conceded at home.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Lorient 24 16 3 5 43 21 12 9 1 2 21 9 12 7 2 3 22 12 22 51
2 Lens 24 13 8 3 33 17 12 8 3 1 17 5 12 5 5 2 16 12 16 47
3 Ajaccio 24 12 6 6 32 22 12 4 4 4 14 12 12 8 2 2 18 10 10 42
4 Clermont 24 11 8 5 30 23 12 6 3 3 19 13 12 5 5 2 11 10 7 41
5 Troyes 24 13 2 9 27 23 12 7 0 5 16 15 12 6 2 4 11 8 4 41
6 Le Havre 24 9 11 4 33 22 12 4 7 1 16 8 12 5 4 3 17 14 11 38
7 Guingamp 24 9 8 7 36 28 13 5 5 3 19 13 11 4 3 4 17 15 8 35
8 Valenciennes 24 9 8 7 18 16 12 6 4 2 11 5 12 3 4 5 7 11 2 35
9 Nancy 24 6 15 3 24 20 12 6 6 0 15 6 12 0 9 3 9 14 4 33
10 Sochaux 24 8 8 8 24 23 13 6 4 3 16 10 11 2 4 5 8 13 1 32
11 Grenoble Foot 38 24 6 14 4 23 22 11 2 8 1 9 8 13 4 6 3 14 14 1 32
12 Auxerre 24 7 9 8 27 25 12 4 6 2 16 11 12 3 3 6 11 14 2 30
13 Caen 24 6 10 8 26 30 12 3 5 4 12 16 12 3 5 4 14 14 -4 28
14 Rodez 24 7 6 11 28 31 12 5 3 4 20 16 12 2 3 7 8 15 -3 27
15 Chambly 24 7 6 11 20 28 13 3 3 7 8 18 11 4 3 4 12 10 -8 27
16 Châteauroux 24 6 7 11 16 32 11 1 4 6 6 17 13 5 3 5 10 15 -16 25
17 Niort 24 5 7 12 26 34 12 3 4 5 14 15 12 2 3 7 12 19 -8 22
18 Le Mans 24 6 3 15 26 40 12 4 2 6 14 16 12 2 1 9 12 24 -14 21
19 Paris 24 5 6 13 19 37 11 2 2 7 8 20 13 3 4 6 11 17 -18 21
20 Orléans 24 3 7 14 19 36 12 2 2 8 8 18 12 1 5 6 11 18 -17 16

Read more about Ligue 2

Ligue 2 is the second highest division in French football. Most games are played at Fridays and Mondays, allowing the top league Ligue 1 “ownership” of the weekend days. 20 teams play 380 fixtures in total, creating a league table where the top three teams promote and the bottom three relegate.