Before last round I’ve said that players may be cooking something for coach Hely. True or not I still don’t know, but what’s sure is that coach Hely handed in his resignation following the 5-1 trashing away at Guingamp.
There’s still no new coach and the assistant will be in charge of this game, so there shouldn’t be any new coach syndrome.
But if by any chance Sochaux will be more fired up than ever and players will grow wings over night, then we will know for sure that it was only a mischievous game Sochaux were playing to get rid of Hely. But I am not an adept of conspiracy theories so I’ll go with the premise that players simply lack value and motivation.
They were so soft last round at Guingamp that at one point I thought they were made from porcelain or something.
Players upfront may be changed by the assistant but there’s nothing to be done in the defense and the same players will enter the field no matter the vision of the new coach, the same players that were simply ridiculed last round by newcomers in Ligue1.
The central defense with Kante and Zouma is in a disastrous state. I’ve gained a few pounds recently but I am not exaggerating when I say I could score against them.
On the other side Valenciennes, despite losing, made a good game against PSG last round. At one point they were completely in charge of the game and managed to corner the French champions.
Like by a miracle the defense improved over night and annihilated players like Ibrahimovic or Cavani. In midfield winger Dossevi regained his playing appetite and upfront sole striker N’Guette was a constant stress for highly rated defenders like Alex or Marquinhos.
Sochaux will have to wait a bit until a new coach is appointed, only after that they may start finding themselves. But until that happens, an improved Valenciennes should not return home empty handed.
Odds 1.87 for Valenciennes +0.25 are a definite worth.