Guingamp v Valenciennes: Preview
Guingamp coach Jocelyn Gourvennec is confident his side can halt a five-game losing streak and come out on top against fellow strugglers Valenciennes when the two sides met at Stade municipal de Roudourou on Saturday.
Guingamp are now just two points clear of the relegation zone, where Valenciennes currently reside in second bottom place with 29 points.
A win for Gourvennec's side would give their hopes of survival a huge shot in the arm with a further three league games to go, and he believes they are in a good place despite losing heavily to Bordeaux last time out.
``This is my fourth year and every year we have something to play for,'' Gourvennec told a press conference.
``The more the late season approaches, more and more matches are important, but we are used to that. It is our business.
``This is our home and we must win at home. We are in a difficult period, but it will come. I want to think that this squad needs (to be under pressure). It's never as good for us as when our backs are to the wall. And there is.''
Valenciennes can still avoid the drop to Ligue 2 but they must now target victories in all four of their remaining fixtures, with games against Bordeaux, Monaco and Toulouse to follow the clash with Guingamp.
A loss at Guingamp would all but put the nail in the coffin of Ariel Jacobs' side's top flight status, who are winless in their last five games and suffered a 6-2 home thrashing by Nantes last Sunday.