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    Valenciennes

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    Marseille

    1

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    Bordeaux

    1

    Bastia

    0

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    Evian Thonon

    1

    Rennes

    2

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    Guingamp

    2

    Lorient

    0

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    Lyon

    0

    Reims

    1

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    Montpellier

    2

    Sochaux

    1

FRENCH LIGUE 1

Stade Nungesser, France

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Marseille

  • Andre-Pierre Gignac 84'

Valenciennes v Marseille: Preview

Marseille head to Valenciennes on Saturday with a view to wrest control of top spot in Ligue 1 with victory at Stade du Hainaut.

Elie Baup's side currently have a share of first place with Lyon, Monaco and St Etienne after taking three points at Guingamp in their opening game before doubling their tally at home to Evian last weekend.

Souleymane Diawara looks likely to be named in the squad once again following his impressive performance in the 2-0 victory over Evian.

The 34-year-old defender, who underwent knee reconstruction surgery in April last year, was sidelined for six months following the operation but, after returning to action last autumn, he fell behind Lucas Mendes and Nicolas N'koulou in the pecking order.

He since told om.net: ``It's up to me to work harder to win back a place in the starting XI.''

And his hard work has paid off as he started three of OM's six pre-season friendlies before being restored to Baup's squad at the start of the season ahead of the Valenciennes clash.

While captain Steve Mandanda has not forgotten Marseille's 4-1 defeat to VA last September, he is confident they are in better form this time around.

The goalkeeper told om.net: ``It [September's defeat] ended a series of six victories. But on Saturday.... it will be a totally different game.

``We head to Valenciennes to continue our good run.''

Meanwhile VA coach Daniel Sanchez has a number of injuries to contend with ahead of the match.

Sanchez confirmed Eloge Enza-Yamissi (muscle injury) and Lindsay Rose (thigh) remain unavailable for the visit of Marseille, who they trail by three points in the Ligue 1 table.

Despite OM's recent good form, Sanchez is confident his side can show their strength and determination on Saturday as he told va-fc.com: ``OM will play leading roles in the league.

``On paper, there is no picture, but the truth is on the ground and we will not be afraid. If you're scared, you stay at home.

``We know that we will confront them. We will play with our weapons and the solidarity and determination needed for these kind of games.''

As for the result last time out, Sanchez added: ``Saturday will be a completely different game.

``At that point, Marseille faced us after six consecutive victories.

``The balance of power was also unbalanced, but we knew it was tipping in our favour. That was proof that we can have some belief now.''

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