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Francois-Coty , France

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AC Ajaccio

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AC Ajaccio v Montpellier: Preview

Fabrizio Ravanelli was a relieved man after guiding Ajaccio to their first win of the Ligue 1 season, but he remains frustrated with his side's sluggish start.

L'Ours had toiled through their opening six games, losing three and drawing three while scoring only three goals, and Italian boss Ravanelli found himself under pressure in the very early days of his first senior coaching assignment.

As a result, Lyon were never expected to struggle in Ajaccio in midweek but goals from Salim Arrache and Aboubacar Camara would earn the islanders a shock 2-1 win that certainly boosted spirits at the Stade Francois Coty.

Montpellier, who are currently 13th, are next up in western Corsica and Ravanelli wants to see confirmation his team have actually learned how to win games.

He told L'Equipe: ``I think it was a deserved victory and one that will hopefully kickstart our season.

``I never doubted the group or what they were capable of. The city and the fans can be proud of the team.

``We've been working hard since July and there have been so many disappointments.

``So we will not stop until we have confirmed our progress against Montpellier on Sunday.''

Midfielder Benoit Pedretti is pushing for a start after returning from injury to warm the bench against Lyon, while Gadji Tallo, Eduardo, Dennis Oliech, Ricardo Faty and Denis Tonucci remain doubtful.

Montpellier are definitely missing Garry Bocaly, Karim Ait-Fana and Jamel Saihi but defender Siaka Tiene is touch-and-go to feature.

La Paillade have made an inauspicious start to the new campaign and only sit two points clear of Ajaccio when they were expected to push for European football.

This week saw the 2012 champions play out their fourth straight draw, missing out on what would have been only a second win of the season due to Rennes' resilient performance in a stalemate at the Stade de la Mosson.

Embittered Montpellier boss Jean Fernandez said: ``We created a lot of opportunities but something was missing. We deserved the win.

``We must throw ourselves completely into the Ajaccio game, even though it will be very tough physically.''


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