• FT

    Reims

    1

    PSG

    0

  • FT

    Bastia

    1

    AC Ajaccio

    0

  • FT

    Lorient

    1

    Valenciennes

    1

  • FT

    Sochaux

    1

    Nancy

    2

  • FT

    St Etienne

    4

    Nice

    0

  • FT

    Toulouse

    0

    Evian Thonon

    0

FRENCH LIGUE 1

Stade du Moustoir, France

Attendance: 14684

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Lorient

  • Kevin Monnet-Paquet 4'

1 - 1

FT

Valenciennes

  • Gaël Danic 80' PEN

Lorient v Valenciennes: Preview

Valenciennes defender Rudy Mater is refusing to read anything into his side's six-goal dismantling of Lorient earlier this season, ahead of the return Ligue 1 fixture at Stade du Moustoir.

Lorient endured a night to forget in their first meeting back in October as Valenciennes took advantage of two red cards with a late flurry of goals in a 6-1 victory.

Lorient actually took the lead in the contest but were trailing 3-1 by the time they lost both Arnaud Le Lan and Innocent Emeghara to red cards, and VA were able to press home their advantage late on with three further strikes in the final 10 minutes.

But with 11th-placed Valenciennes trailing Lorient by two places and five points ahead of tomorrow's match, Mater is not expecting a repeat showing.

``It was a weird game,'' Mater said of October's meeting.

``Lorient were sentenced to two red cards and we were very professional. They did not have any luck in this meeting.

``This result was very flattering for us as Lorient have since done good things and shown good qualities.''

Lorient are on a high heading into the match after a 3-0 win over fellow top-flight side Brest in midweek that secured their place in the last eight of the Coupe de France.

Les Merlus' captain Bruno Ecuele-Manga opened the scoring with a towering header before Jeremie Aliadiere notched a brace to seal the one-sided win that sets up a quarter-final with St Etienne.

``Lorient are on track,'' Mater added. ``They had a big game and we expected them to have a good result in their own stadium.''

Looking ahead to this weekend's contest, Mater was struggling to pick a favourite.

``Lorient are a club of the same calibre as ours,'' he said.

``A match between Valenciennes and Lorient will always be very open. There will be opportunities for both teams.''

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