• FT

    Rennes

    1

    Marseille

    1

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    AC Ajaccio

    1

    Valenciennes

    3

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    Evian Thonon

    2

    Toulouse

    1

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    Lyon

    2

    Guingamp

    0

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    Sochaux

    0

    St Etienne

    0

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    Reims

    4

    Bastia

    2

FRENCH LIGUE 1

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Evian Thonon Gaillard

  • Daniel Wass 61'
  • Cedric Mongongu 90' +3' PEN

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Toulouse

  • Christopher Aurier 52'

Evian Thonon Gaillard v Toulouse: Preview

Toulouse goalkeeper Ali Ahamada has been assured he has the full confidence of head coach Alain Casanova and will start against Evian on Saturday.

The 22-year-old was directly at fault for three goals and arguably partly responsible for another as Toulouse crashed 5-0 at home against Rennes last weekend.

He subsequently sat out the Coupe de la Ligue game against Creteil but Casanova will restore Ahamada to his line-up as Ligue 1 action resumes.

``Ali is a starter,'' Casanova said. ``I shouldn't punish him because he gave one bad performance.''

Casanova dropped Ahamada last season during a difficult period for the goalkeeper, but barring any repeat of his aberrations in the Rennes game he looks set to retain the long-term faith of the coach.

``Ali has learned from all that happened last year and he has our confidence. He has a great future ahead of him,'' Casanova said.

``When I see his dedication and his professionalism every day, I tell myself that he's going to make it.''

Toulouse had won two successive matches before their self-inflicted home mauling, and picked themselves up to beat Creteil 3-1.

They face an Evian side who have struggled for consistency this season.

Pascal Dupraz's men are on a run of two consecutive wins, beating Valenciennes in the league last week and then Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue, coming from behind at half-time to take a 2-1 victory.

Dupraz is not counting on any gifts from Ahamada as he primes his players.

``Whatever people say, Ahamada is an under-21 international and one of the very best goalkeepers in the French league,'' the Evian head coach said.

``It happens that he made a few errors in a match. But we're not counting on that to win, instead we're counting on our quality, our strengths and our spirit.

``It's the most important match of our start to the season, since it will allow us to get to 15 points after 12 matches, which is a third of the points needed to hope for survival.''

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