Valenciennes were surprisingly soft last week at Sochaux, especially in comparison to the game against PSG two rounds ago.
But to be honest they never were an away team, not even 3 seasons ago when they had players like Danic, Kadir or Cohade.
At home they’ve always been more determined and confident. At the moment they are going through rough times, as many important players left the team in the pre season. The ones that remained just couldn’t find a way to compensate.
But things are slowly improving with winger Dossevi being more active and involved, with young striker N’Guette posing constant threats to the opponents and with the defense improving from round to round.
At the moment Valenciennes are sitting on 7 consecutive losses so it’s obvious they are going to make extra efforts in this game, unless the players want to change the coach or something.
Veteran striker Pujol got injured last round and may miss but that’s not necessarily a bad thing seeing that young and talented N’Guette will substitute him. Besides experience, N’Guette is better than Pujol in all aspects: more speed, more precision, more power, more determination.
On the other side Reims will have some problems ahead of this game. They are without both wingers Atar (injured) and Fortes (suspended). Fullback Turan is also suspended.
There are some good news for Reims nevertheless as fullbacks Signorino and Mandi will return from injury just like midfielder Albaek and striker Courtet.
But to be honest it won’t make any difference as knowing coach Fournier only Albaek may start the game.
It won’t be an easy game that’s for sure but Valenciennes will push hard for the entire 90 minutes. It will all come down to Reims’ power of endurance which is slowly diminishing in away games and Valencienne’s determination which is increasing in home games. That is why I consider Valenciennes -0.25 at the price of 1.97 the best bet for this game. However the stakes should be kept low due to Valencienne’s poor form.