In 4th place with 39 points, Sochaux are enjoying a fantastic run in the league, thanks largely to the form of the remarkable Ziani…
27 goals scored including 25 from inside the penalty area. 4 headers; 1 from a free kick (Ziani against PSG); 6 penalties (Ziani against PSG, Santos in Nantes, Santos against TFC, Ziani at Lorient, Ziani against Nancy and Santos against Le Mans); 6 goals after crosses; 3 after free kicks; 2 after corners. 12 goals in the first half, 15 in the second.
25 goals conceded including 22 from inside the penalty area. 3 penalties (Sedan, Rennes and Bordeaux); 0 free kicks; 7 headers; 2 after free kicks; 7 after crosses and 4 after corners. 11 goals in the first half and 14 in the second.
24 players have been used by Alain Perrin. Goalkeeper Richert has played all 25 matches in their entirety. 44 yellow cards: Tosic 6, Afolabi 5, Le Tallec 4, Pichot 4, Pitau 3, Ziani 3, Sené 3, Leroy 3… no red cards.
Last season, Sochaux went down to OL 1-0 thanks to strike from Malouda. The Doubists drew 1-1 with OL in 2004-05 and 2003-04.