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Valenciennes urgently need to arrest their slump when Nantes visit on Sunday if they are to have any chance of avoiding relegation from Ligue 1.

The northern side are only a point above Ajaccio at the bottom of the table, and six points off fourth-from-bottom Guingamp, whom they face next week in a potentially decisive clash.

Worse still, Ariel Jacobs' side had taken a single point from their past four games and there seems little sign of a recovery.

Jean Christophe Bahebeck, the Paris St Germain forward on loan at Valenciennes, insists the side must take control of their own destiny.

He told the club's website: ``Collectively we must continue to remain strong, to have a good defensive unit, and in attack to take the game to them, rather than just waiting for our opponents to make a mistake.

``We must take control of our own destiny and do what it takes to win the three points against Nantes.''

Nantes did Valenciennes a favour by beating Guingamp last week, and there is hope for the home side because Michel Der Zakarian's team have had a generally wretched spell since mid-January.

The visitors should have Remy Riou back from a calf injury but Filip Djordjevic (knee) is still out while Papy Djilobodji (side), Vincent Bessat (calf) and Remi Gomis (thigh) will make their injury comeback with the reserves.

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