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Bitesize Prediction: Le Havre vs Valenciennes – 22/05/23

Tom Dunstan in Betting Tips and News 21 May 2023

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Competition: Ligue 2

Market: Le Havre win

Odds: 3/5 @ Pribet

Knowing that they could clinch an automatic Ligue 1 return on Monday night, Le Havre will welcome a struggling Valenciennes to the Stade Oceane.

Starting with the hosts, while Le Havre might have been disappointed after suffering a shock 1-0 loss away at Annecy last week, it appears that was nothing more than a minor blip for Luka Elsner’s high-flying squad. Continuing to gain a string of plaudits from across France’s second-tier this season, the Normandy-based outfit could secure an automatic Ligue 1 return on Monday night. Remarkably losing just one of their last 24 straight appearances across all competitions – a run that stems all the way back to October 29th – Le Havre have also gained a reputation for their continued success on home soil. Last seen at the Stade Oceane claiming a 1-0 victory against Rodez, Elsner’s side have suffered just a single defeat in front of their own supporters this season. Likewise, not shipping a single goal in Normandy in almost 300 minutes of action, the Dean Club are rightfully tipped as a standout pick here.

As for the visitors, missing out on a golden chance last week as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home against Pau, Valenciennes find themselves tipped as a leading relegation contender this month. Opening the weekend fixtures sat one point adrift of Ligue 2 safety, the Athenians have claimed just a single second-tier win from any of their last 13 straight appearances. With that extended rut stemming all the way back to February 3rd, Nicolas Rabuel’s side will know that they face a huge challenge when on Monday night. Along with continuing to show some rather glaring defensive struggles, Valenciennes have also gained a reputation for their woeful run on the road. In fact, the Reds have mustered just a sole second-tier away win since the start of October. Likewise, only picking up one win from their last 10 trips to Normandy, we are expecting a fairly routine home victory here.

Bet: Le Havre 3/5 to beat Valenciennes in Monday’s Ligue 2 matchup @ Pribet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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