FRENCH LIGUE 1

Grand Stade Lille Metropole

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Lille

  • Salomon Kalou 26'
  • Salomon Kalou 45' +1'
  • Marko Basa 48'

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Sochaux

  • Cédric Kanté 79'
  • Vincent Nogueira 84'
  • Vincent Nogueira 87'

Lille v Sochaux: Preview

Midfield playmaker Marvin Martin believes Lille can qualify for the Champions League and has set his sights on a win against his former club Sochaux tomorrow to get their final push on the front foot.

Lille have five games remaining and begin those with a home match against the side Martin left last year to move to the Grand Stade Lille Metropole.

Martin said: ``My will and that of the team is to give everything in the final sprint to offer a new European campaign. To qualify for the Champions League would be a wonderful thing.''

But despite his will to help Lille qualify for European competition Martin knows Sochaux also need the points as they currently lie in the bottom three in the Ligue 1 table.

Martin, who came through the Sochaux youth ranks, added on the Lille website: ``I left the club less than a year ago, I am friends with a lot of the players.

``I think of Ryad Boudebouz, with whom I am often on the phone. I spoke to him again yesterday and he assured me that the team had to win in Lille.

``This is not just propaganda, it is a real goal. We must respect and take them very seriously.

``When you look at their season, we see that they are often effective against teams from the top of the table, but they experience more difficulties with their direct competitors.''

Sochaux will be without striker Edouard Butin who will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.

Butin underwent an arthroscopy and the results showed he will need six weeks on the sidelines for his knee to be fit to return.

Midfielder Sebastien Roudet is not ready to return to action following injury, along with fellow midfielder Petrus Boumal and right-back Frederic Duplus who both have knee problems.

Striker Roy Contout is following a personal training programme because of a knee injury and goalkeeper Pierrick Cros could return soon after resuming training.

Right-back Sebastien Corchia is expected to be available after being forced to miss training because of sickness.

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