The Ligue 2 game at Stade du Hainaut on Saturday sees home side Valenciennes FC welcome Havre AC.
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Valenciennes FC will want to continue from where they left off last time out with the 1-3 Ligue 2 success vs AS Nancy Lorraine.
In that match, Valenciennes FC had 35% possession and 14 shots at goal with 6 on target. For Valenciennes FC, goals were scored by Aymen Boutoutaou (1', 60') and Malek Chergui (79'). On the other side, AS Nancy Lorraine got 18 shots on goal with 5 on target. Amine Bassi (31') scored for AS Nancy Lorraine.
It has been seldom in recent games where Valenciennes FC haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that Les Athéniens have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 games, leaking 10 goals along the way. We will just have to see whether or not that trend can be continued on in this game.
Their past results show that Valenciennes FC:
- are unbeaten in the league by Havre AC in their last 3 games.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 league games.
Following on from a losing effort in their last game against Toulouse in Ligue 2 action, Havre AC and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Havre AC had 49% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Toulouse FC had 8 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Kouadio Manu Koné (28') was the scorer for Toulouse.
The stats don’t lie, and Havre AC have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 9 goals overall. In defence, Le club doyen certainly have room for improvement.
Taking a look at their past results, Havre AC:
- have not won against Valenciennes FC when having played them away from home in the previous 4 league games. They'll be keen to stop this run.
- are undefeated in their last 4 away league matches.
- are without an away win for the past 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head meetings dating back to 18/08/2017, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with Valenciennes FC winning 2 of those games, Havre AC 2 and 2 being drawn after 90 minutes of play.
13 goals were produced between them in these games, with 7 of them for Les Athéniens and 6 being from Le club doyen. That is an average goals per game value of 2.17.
The last league meeting featuring these sides was Ligue 2 match day 19 on 08/01/2021 which ended up with the score at Havre AC 0-2 Valenciennes FC.
The match was refereed by Pierre Gaillouste.
Team News: Valenciennes FC
Valenciennes FC manager Olivier Guégan will be happy not to have any fitness worries to speak of ahead of this match owing to a fully healthy group ready to go.
Team News: Havre AC
With a fully injury-free group available to choose from, Havre AC boss Paul Le Guen has zero fitness worries at all coming into this game.
Our assessment here is that Valenciennes FC could well find it tough to score against this Havre AC lineup who we think might emerge victorious.
Our tip is therefore for a good battle with a 0-1 winning score for Havre AC at the end of the 90 minutes.
It should be a good one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade du Hainaut (25,172)
Captain: Laurent Dos Santos
Chairman: Eddy Zdziech
Manager: Olivier Guégan
Competitions: Ligue 2 position 8
⭐ Star Player: Baptiste Guillaume
Usually deployed in the Striker position, Baptiste Guillaume was born in Brussels, Belgium. Having made his senior debut playing for RC Lens in the 2012 - 2013 season, the skilful Forward has hit 11 league goals in this Ligue 2 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 29 appearances.