November 3, 2012
Valenciennes v Sochaux: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.7||0.8|
|Goals against *||1.1||1.6|
|Last 5 home||W-W-D-D-L||L-W-D-D-D|
|Last 5 away||L-D-W-L-D||D-W-D-L-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Valenciennes | Sochaux|
Daniel Sanchez has warned his free-scoring Valenciennes side tomorrow's Ligue 1 encounter with Sochaux will be no walk in the park.
Valenciennes are sixth in the table, and their recent home form has seen them record crushing victories over Marseille and Lorient.
Sochaux currently sit in the relegation zone in 18th place and are without a win in three games, having recorded only two victories in all competitions this season.
But coach Sanchez believes his counterpart Eric Hely's decision to rotate his squad in Sochaux's midweek Coupe de la Ligue defeat to St Etienne shows the visitors have targeted the trip to Stade du Hainaut as a chance to turn around their fortunes.
He said: "We have to avoid falling into the trap of thinking this will be an easy game. Sochaux are in desperate need of the points.
"They played in the League Cup in midweek, but we could see they have sacrificed that competition. They have clearly said: 'The most important game is Saturday at Valenciennes.'
"We know what to expect, we will have before us an opponent who is in trouble and wants to get out of there.
"We have scored 10 goals in two games at home, but do not expect us to be this prolific, although I hope we can be.
"We want to continue with the same mindset to get more points on the board.''
Sochaux will be without goalkeeper Pierrick Cros, who has a knee problem, with Papa Demba Camara set to feature between the sticks.
Jerome Roussillon, Kalilou Traore and Roy Contout also return after missing the cup defeat.