France Ligue 2 – Valenciennes v Dunkerque Preview (30/1/21)

Match Preview

Valenciennes

  • Victory on Tuesday night at home to Paris FC moved them up to 7th in the table
  • Inconsistent side but have only lost 1 of their last 11 on the field
  • 4-3-3 home record and the win vs Paris FC was their first at home for a while
  • Midfield duo Julien Masson & Sassi D’Almeida still injured

Dunkerque

  • Surprise win 3-1 at home to Ajaccio last week ended a poor run of form
  • Lost 5 of last 7 games
  • 3-0-7 away record is the 3rd worst in the league
  • Defensive trio Ba, Cisse & Thiam are still ruled out injured

Conclusion & Betting analysis

I have been an advocate of betting against Dunkerque for a while recently and I will continue to do so again. They cost me by somehow drawing with Troyes and I really didn’t understand what happened during the Ajaccio match last week which they surprisingly won. I just think ACA played a stinker of a game to be honest and a goalkeeper red card didn’t help matters. Ultimately, I just don’t rate Dunkerque at all though and Valenciennes are fundamentally the better side who should have too much today. They look a more than acceptable price on a -0.25 Asian Handicap around the 1.85 mark and are often underrated by the bookmakers. I would be very surprised if Dunkerque managed to claim a victory and expect them to go back to losing ways here.

Prediction: 2-0

Recommended bet: Valenciennes -0.25 @1.85