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Niort host visiting opponents Valenciennes FC at Stade René-Gaillard in the Ligue 2 fixture on Saturday.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Niort v Valenciennes FC are shown on this page (plus the best game odds).
Niort prepare for this match coming off the back of a 2-2 Ligue 2 draw versus Pau FC.
For Niort, the goals were scored by Moataz Zemzemi (8') and Bilal Boutobba (31'). Samuel Essende (16', 56') was the scorer for Pau FC.
Over their past six games, Sébastien Desabre's Niort have seen rewards for their attempts on goal a total of 6 times resulting in an average number of goals per match equal to 1.
Looking at their past form shows that Niort:
- are unbeaten in the league by Valenciennes FC in their last 2 games.
- have left without a victory over Valenciennes FC in their last 3 league matches.
- are without a home win in the past 3 matches in the league.
Valenciennes FC come into this meeting following on from a 1-0 Ligue 2 win against Sochaux in their most recent game.
The only player to score from Valenciennes FC was Ugo Bonnet (50').
In 5 of the prior six games involving Valenciennes FC, a comparatively low number of goals have been scored between them and opposing teams. The overall average number of goals per game within that spell comes out as a meagre 1.33, with the average goals for Les Athéniens equalling 0.33.
Ahead of this meeting, Valenciennes FC are without an away win for the past 3 league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head to head clashes stretching back to 26/04/2019 shows that Niort have won 2 of them and Valenciennes FC 1, with the tally of drawn games standing at 3.
In all, 11 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 5 for Les chamois and 6 for Les Athéniens. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.83.
The last league match between these sides was Ligue 2 match day 1 on 24/07/2021 when the final score was Valenciennes FC 0-0 Niort.
The referee was Arnaud Baert.
Team News: Niort
The Niort manager Sébastien Desabre will be thankful to have no fitness concerns at all coming into this game thanks to a fully injury-free squad available to choose from.
Team News: Valenciennes FC
Due to a fully healthy group available to choose from, the Valenciennes FC manager Christophe Delmotte has no fitness concerns to report coming into this clash.
In our opinion, Valenciennes FC and Niort could well both score and end up finding themselves in a fairly even game here.
We’ll see, but this looks like it could end up all-square. We’re therefore expecting a very close game with a 1-1 draw at the end of this game.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade René-Gaillard (11,352)
Captain: Dylan Louiserre
Chairman: Eytan Hanouna
Manager: Sébastien Desabre
Competitions: Ligue 2 position 10
🔑 Key Player: Bilal Boutobba
Typically taking to the field in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Bilal Boutobba was born in Marseille, France. After having made a senior debut playing for Marseille in the 2014 - 2015 season, the talented Midfielder has managed 7 league goals in this Ligue 2 2021 - 2022 campaign so far from a total of 36 appearances.