Except for Lyon, Valenciennes is the team with the best results at home, and one of the two who are still to suffer a defeat in front of their fans. Experts predict that the best chance for this to happen is tonight, when they face in-form PSG, one of the richest teams in French football.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.90
Coach Daniel Sanchez will be hard pressed to find defensive solutions now that key player Gil is unavailable due to injury. The first reaction is a 4-5-1 starting formation with Anthony Le Tallec the sole striker, while Vincent Aboubakar will be kept on the bench and only introduced in the second half. This would only happen if the hosts take an early lead and Valenciennes need to fire back, otherwise the hosts will gladly settle for a draw it
The visitors welcome back Kevin Gameiro and Thiago Motta but coach Carlo Ancelotti will have to do without Blaise Matuidi who is still suspended. Arguably the player that the hosts fear most is Ibrahimovic and with Menez and Lavezzi behind him, the Swedish striker can easily turn the tables. The last time these two teams met, PSG got away with a narrow 4-3 victory despite the fact that the hosts took an early lead and doubled their advantage a few minutes later.
Those who predict a straight victory for PSG are in for a rude awakening, because Valenciennes is not only a great home team, but also the one with the best offense. Pinnacle is the most generous bookmaker for those willing to bet on a high scoring game and now the odds stand at 1.90 for Over 2.5 goals but have the potential of rising further.