• FT

    AC Ajaccio

    2

    Reims

    0

  • FT

    Brest

    1

    Montpellier

    2

  • FT

    Evian Thonon

    2

    Troyes

    0

  • FT

    Lorient

    2

    Sochaux

    0

  • FT

    Lyon

    1

    Nancy

    1

  • FT

    Bastia

    1

    Marseille

    2

FRENCH LIGUE 1

Francis le Ble, France

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Brest

  • Eden Ben Basat 14'

1 - 2

FT

Montpellier

  • Johan Martial 21' OG
  • John Utaka 57'

Brest v Montpellier: Preview

Coach Rene Girard has conceded Montpellier's recent improvement is still some way short of the level expected for a defending Ligue 1 champion.

Montpellier's title defence has failed to get off the ground following a lethargic start that saw them win just two of their opening nine league games.

A disappointing Champions League campaign hardly helped raise spirits either, but eventually there has been some reason for optimism at the Stade de la Mosson.

Girard's side have lost just one of their past seven league fixtures - 1-0 away to leaders Lyon - to prise them away from the relegation places.

They head into tomorrow night's trip to Brest boosted by a 3-0 win over Ajaccio at the weekend - their largest win of the season - although they only lie 12th.

``It has been a while since we have been able to enjoy a good series of results,'' Girard told reporters.

``Apart from the defeat at Lyon we have had a good time of late.

``But it is true that, for a champion of France, this run is not impressive.''

Young midfielder Younes Blehanda enjoyed his best game of the season against Ajaccio, rounding out his display with the final goal of the game to help answer his recent critics.

``I like it when people are against me, it allows me to work a little better and show who I am,'' he said.

``People forget the previous seasons.''

Brest have won six of their past nine home league games and another three points at the Stade Francis-Le Ble would move them ahead of Montpellier.

They will be without playmaker Benoit Lesoimier, who is amongst the league's assist leaders with four, while Larsen Toure (thigh) and Ahmed Kantari (suspended) will also sit out.

Montpellier's Benjamin Stambouli is not due to return until after the winter break due to a fractured foot.

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