France Ligue 2 – Amiens v Valenciennes Preview (20/9/16)

am-vaAmiens preview

  • Travelled to Corsica on Friday but their match against GFC Ajaccio was cancelled because of an unfit pitch.
  • Haven’t played for 11 days so should be at perfect physical freshness.
  • Have been the big shock of the season so far and sit second in the table. They head into this match having won four in a row!
  • Certainly can’t be underestimated at the moment and are playing without fear and no pressure.
  • Really good team spirit and work ethic in the group. Everyone fighting hard in all areas of the field.

Valenciennes preview

  • Have only lost one match all season and usually hard to beat.
  • Kept clean sheets in 4 out of 7 matches
  • Squad in good condition with few injuries and no no problems to worry about.
  • Likely to set themselves up hard to break down. They have some good defenders and will be difficult to penetrate.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Local derby of the north which is likely to be tight and cagey.
  • Amiens have surprised people with their good start and Valenciennes will probably give them strong respect.
  • The hosts are priced @ 2.02 to win which seems too short. They are in great form, but let’s not get too carried away and remember who they are.
  • That said, I think Amiens will win. They are red hot and should have a decent fitness advantage here.
  • But I’m not confident enough to back them. Valenciennes are an awkward team who I rate fairly highly.

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: None