A look back on VAFC-AJACCIO... OL need to get back on the front foot... the last ten clashes... the referee and the players who have played for both clubs...
"Bouncing back is no big deal," said Daniel Sanchez after VAFC's deserved draw in Corsica. Handicapped by the absence of key players like Grégory Puyol, Gaël Danic and Carlos Sanchez, VA managed to equalise through youngster Nguette, who bagged his first Ligue 1 goal in the second half. At just 18 years of age, he managed to keep his side from going into their clash against OL with low morale. Had Nguette not weighed in, his side's beginning to 2013 could have been an unmitigated catastrophe, follwing on from a shock Coupe de France elimination at the hands of Istres and a heavy defeat at the Stade du Ray. Mutu's over-confidence as he went for - and failed with - a chipped spot kick down the middle ended up saving VA's bacon.
It's the moment for Lyon
OL haven't won away to Valenciennes saince season 2007-08, when they won 2-1 with Govou and Keita getting the goals. Since then, it's been pretty bleak, with three defeats and one draw, seven goals conceded and just three scored. After a very strong start to the season that saw the climb as high as fifth in Week 12, VA have won just twice in their last nine league matches and sit in 11th. At home, Valenciennes are very dangerous and have lost just once - 4-0 against Paris Saint-Germain. Solid in defence, 'keeper Penneteau averages 0.9 goals conceded per match at home ground the Stade du Hainaut.
Both sides of the fence
Maxence Flachez, Milan Bisevac, Destrumelle, Maillard, Idangar, Olio, Cohade, Orts, Robert, Rocco, Zago, Zambelli, Streckiw, Devlaminck
The last ten Valenciennes-OL:
Clément Turpin was born on May 16, 1982, in Oullins. He represents the Bourgogne league. It's his fifth seasons in Ligue 1, where he has handed out 40 yellow cards and five red. This season he has presided over: AC Ajaccio 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain, AS Saint-Etienne 4-0 Stade Brestois 29, Evian TG FC 3-0 SC Bastia, LOSC Lille 1-1 Olympique Lyonnais, Stade Brestois 29 1-1 Girondins de Bordeaux, Olympique de Marseille 1-4 Olympique Lyonnais, Stade Rennais FC 1-0 Stade de Reims, Montpellier Hérault SC 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain, ESTAC Troyes 1-1 OGC Nice, Girondins de Bordeaux 0-0 AS Saint-Etienne, SC Bastia 0-2 Stade Rennais FC.
Over his career, Clément Turpin has refereed 173 matches (72 in Ligue 1) while handing out 561 yellow cards (241 in Ligue 1) and 54 red cards (18 in Ligue 1).