Round 16: Nancy – Valenciennes Preview - Ligue 1 Betting Tips

Round 16: Nancy – Valenciennes Preview

[pullquote]With Puygrenier out, Nancy will have problems in all compartments. They will struggle a lot to break a patient and quietly waiting Valenciennes. Meanwhile guests could take advantage of many positions left uncovered, by Nancy’s desperate players, gone upfront to give a helping hand. Valenciennes draw no bet at 1.72 looks pretty safe.[/pullquote]Nancy improved lately, but only in attitude and not otherwise. Players’ skills are limited, so there’s no possibility for improvement without new arrivals. Three consecutive draws are the result of hard efforts and continuous running around the field. There’s not much creation power at Nancy, and even they had some, there are no proper finishers. Only the defense is looking better through the power of anticipation. Central defenders Puygrenier and Andre Luiz are by far their best players. Last round, coach Fernandez used a defense in 5 that worked for them (more or less). But now, Puygrenier (their best player) is out injured. He’s a defender, a midfielder and frequently even a striker. He will be missed for sure. In his absence a return to a 4 men defense is foreseen. They should show the same aggression and spirit like in the past rounds, attitude that will most probably leave them uncovered at the back.


Valenciennes’ defense looked a bit better last round, and they were up against a team with a similar offensive potential as Nancy (crippled) .  There’s nice shooting and creating power, only their back line looks unstable. Even if they play with 2 defensive midfielders, Sanchez and Ducourtioux, usually opponents still have many open spaces and manage to create quite a lot. Sanchez and central defender Gil are doubtful, but the latest reports say they will most probably make it. Guests will let Nancy take the initiative, as they surely are aware of Nancy’s impotence upfront, trying to speculate on counters.

With Puygrenier out, Nancy will have problems in all compartments. They will struggle a lot to break a patient and quietly waiting Valenciennes. Meanwhile guests could take advantage of many positions left uncovered, by Nancy’s desperate players, gone upfront to give a helping hand. Valenciennes draw no bet at 1.72 looks pretty safe.

 

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