Sochaux take on the visitors Troyes at "Stade Auguste Bonal" in the last 38 round of the French Ligue 2 in the season 2016/2017. The match will be played in Montbeliard on Friday, May 19th.
Sochaux collapsed at the end of the second season in a row and, instead of battling for promotion to the elite division, they sit in the mid-table of the Ligue 2. In their 15 recent matches Sochaux got three triumphs, four draws and eight defeats. This resulted in the team’s occupying the 11th place in the Ligue 2 standings with 46 points earned and 36-40 goal difference. At their home field “Les Lionceaux” recorded 23 points taken, 21 goals for and 20 goals against in 18 encounters.
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In contrast to their upcoming opponent, Troyes took on their pace at the season’s end with their unbeaten run counting for five consecutive clashes covering 13 points gained in them. Such a spurt allowed Jean-Louis Garcia’s side to shift up to the third place with 63 points earned and 56-41 goal difference and contend for promotion to the Ligue 1 alongside with six other teams. On the road Troyes participated in 18 games resulting in 20 points taken with negative 22-27 goal difference.
Sochaux defeated Troyes with 3:1 scoreline in the reverse fixture earlier this season on the road. However, the rival teams have different tasks in the upcoming fight as the host team is getting ready for the vacations while the visiting side in case of a victory may promote to the Ligue 1. I believe that the hosts won’t resist in the matchup and the visitors will pick up three points which are so much important for them.
Prediction for the match: Troyes to win.