Ligue 1

January 19, 2013

Full-time

AC Ajaccio

1 - 1

Valenciennes

Ligue 1

19:00 +00:00, January 19, 2013

Francois-Coty , France

AC Ajaccio v Valenciennes: Preview

Team Stat Comparison

AC Ajaccio Valenciennes
Matches Played 38 38
Table Position 17 11
Points 40 48
Goal Difference -12 -4
Goals for * 1.0 0.9
Goals against * 1.1 1.7
Last 5 L-D-L-D-W W-L-W-D-D
Last 5 home L-L-W-D-L W-W-D-D-L
Last 5 away D-D-L-D-D L-D-W-L-D
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: AC Ajaccio | Valenciennes

Competition Stats

AC Ajaccio Valenciennes
Goals Adrian Mutu 11 Grégory Pujol 8
Assists Johan Cavalli 5 Gaël Danic 11
Yellows Chahir Belghazouani 8 Brou Angoua 9
Reds Johan Cavalli 1 Brou Angoua 1
Squads: AC Ajaccio | Valenciennes

Next Matches

AC Ajaccio Valenciennes
4/20 A: Bastia 4/20 H: Nantes
4/26 H: AS Monaco 4/26 A: Guingamp
5/4 A: Lorient 5/4 H: Bordeaux
5/10 H: Stade de Reims 5/10 H: AS Monaco
5/17 A: St Etienne 5/17 A: Toulouse

Valenciennes manager Daniel Sanchez aims to take the bull by the horns when his side face Ajaccio in tomorrow's Ligue 1 clash at the Stade Francois-Coty.

Ajaccio will be without five first team regulars - Carl Medjani, Fousseni Diawara, Mehdi Mostefa, Sigamary Diarra and Chahir Belghazouani - due to the African Nations Cup, while Valenciennes are not missing any of their squad due to the tournament.

However, Sanchez's side have seen their preparations for the game affected by the snowy weather, although the VA boss says that is no excuse for not being ready for the match.

Sanchez told the club's official website: "The training conditions are difficult and we have been forced to go indoors and work in a small area.

"Knowing that the preparation for this trip to Ajaccio has been complicated, we will make the necessary efforts to compensate.

"After that, the goal is not to hide behind it. We will have the right mindset and take the bull by the horns.''

Sanchez also believes his players will be looking to regain some pride following the 5-0 thumping by Nice in the last round.

He said: "It is obvious that I expect a response from them but I think they have also been affected, offended to be beaten by five goals.''

Ajaccio will be looking for their first win in five games as they bid to increase the distance between themselves and the bottom three.

They are currently on 20 points, just one clear of Evian who occupy 18th place above Troyes and Nancy.