Valenciennes vs GFC Ajaccio by Alcuni
Valenciennes alternated good period with bad ones finishing on 14th previous seasons, but being not a single minute under pressure regarding relegation. Keeping in mind they won only 4 games in 2nd part of the season and still finished 7 points more than play-off spot prove that. I dare to say they had a good evolution and is no wonder why many of their youngsters were transferred to another team almost all in Ligue 1: top scored DaCosta, Fulgini, Tameze, Niakhate, Butin Ciss plus Kabore in National. 5 starters will be difficult to be replaced with players with same or close value. Remain to see who from the new signings will replace them best; good names are Ramare (Sochaux), top scorer from Nationa Guezoui (Quevilly), Dos Santos (Strasbourg), Pierre- Charles (Ajaccio), Thiago (Troyes) and others less known for Ligue 2. Still they have a large squad with plenty of interesting players and with a budget of 10 mill EURO I expect them to have another season without relegation worries. Valenciennes is one from the 4 teams who didn’t lost in friendlies 3W 2D. Merville is suspended while Kantari injured.
GFC had a previous season with many ups and downs, but had a second part better and finished 9th being safe for most of the time. But this wasn’t what fans and management and coach Vannuchi resigned. Instead of him was appoint Cartier, a more defensive minded coach. So perhaps we will see a more defensive team than previous season. A lot of changes in their squad as Ducourtioux (retired), Benrahma, LeMoigne, Youga, Boujedra, Poggi, Foggaci and Maury are no longer with GFC. Instead were buy Armand (Orleans), Puel (LeHavre), Diabate (Guingamp), D. Gomis (Toulon) Araujo (Lille) and others from lower leagues. With one of the lowest budget (7.5 mill EURO) perhaps GFC will not be involved in promotion battle but also don’t see them involved in the relegation fight. They were undefeated in friendlies with 3W and 1D. Araujo is suspended.
Also two teams which perhaps will struggle at the debut in new season and will be pleased with a point in first round ; so back the draw. gl
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