21:00: And on that note, it is time for me to say goodbye after a highly entertaining day of Ligue 1 action. Until next time, Au Revoir!
20:56: Well, Lille and Guingamp both cling on to vital wins with some heroic defending, as Toulouse and Lorient record impressive high-scoring wins. That makes it an incredible 10 games in a row that Lille have kept clean sheets. Enyeama can do no wrong!
20:54: FULL TIME: Valenciennes 0-1 Lille, Guingamp 1-0 Nantes, Toulouse 5-1 Sochaux, Lorient 3-0 Nice.
20:50: GOAL: Toulouse 5-1 Sochaux (Zouma o.g.). WOW! Crazy own goal here as Zouma, on the volley, literally passes into the corner of the net! What was he thinking? Unbelievable goal there…
20:49: GOAL: Lorient 3-0 Nice (Aboubakar). The striker seals a brilliant win.
20:47: And again Guingamp almost score! This time a ball is played across the 6 yard box, any touch is a goal, but nobody can connect… Will the home side rue those chances?
20:45: Guingamp almost seal the points as Beauvue is sent through on goal, but his shot is saved well by Riou in the Nantes goal.
20:43: Close: What a chance for Valenciennes to score! Enyeama comes for a cross but punches straight to Bahebeck, who fires over instead of shooting at goal!
20:41: Nasty scenes, especially for Valenciennes fans, as Le Tallec suffers what looks like a serious injury and is stretchered off the pitch. The home side will have to score without him.
20:38: Last 10: 3 games still realistically in the balance as we enter the last 10 minutes, with Lille vs Valenciennes and Guingamp vs Nantes only separated by 1 goal. Tense times coming up!
20:36: Beauvue on for Douniama as Guingamp look to hang on. Nantes are coming forwards now and pressuring the home side, but they have nothing to show for it at the moment.
20:33: Disallowed goal: Sochaux are denied a goal vs the linesman with a rather strange decision. The ball is fired in, but an offside Sochaux player was adjudged to have hampered the vision of Ahamada… Still wouldn’t have made a difference anyway though. Still 4-1.
20:30: Valenciennes come close to a goal as Da Silva fires in a free kick from 30 odd yards which Enyeama has to tip over. Never in danger of getting past the Nigerian though.
20:27: GOAL: Lorient 2-0 Nice (Amavi o.g.). You can’t say they deserve it, Nice have been dominating, but Lorient are 2-0 up. It’s unlucky for Nice too, as Amavi directs unluckily into his own goal. Lorient now look good for the win.
20:24: Valenciennes, despite their numerical advantage, are struggling to control the game. Lille have not really been forced to defend too much since the sending off, and do still look dangerous on the counter too.
20:21: GOAL: Guingamp 1-0 Nantes (Sankhare). The home side finally open the scoring! It is Sankhare who manages to break the deadline and send the crowd into delirium. Less than 30 minutes for Guingamp to hold on now.
20:19: GOAL: Toulouse 4-1 Sochaux (Ben Yedder pen.) Toulouse out of sight now! Zouma is penalised for handball in the box, and Ben Yedder converts to complete his hat-trick!
20:15: Lille not afraid to continue going forward so far. They have their work cut out to keep their amazing clean sheet record in tact though, Enyeama can expect to have to make some good saves today.
20:12: Nice lacking the necessary urgency to get an equaliser at the moment. They are happy to pass around the back, but they aren’t making any inroads into Lorient’s defence, lead strongly by Ecuele-Manga.
20:08: RED CARD: Lille are down to 10 men as Beria is sent off with a straight red card for a dangerous play. Valenciennes in with a chance now of getting something from this game.
20:05: GOAL: Valenciennes 0-1 Lille (Rodelin). Lille catch Valenciennes sleeping after half time as Rodelin, who came on in place of Kalou at the break, manages to put his side in front. Uphill task for Valenciennes now, they have to score against Enyeama!
20:02: GOAL: Toulouse 3-1 Sochaux (Sirieix). Toulouse now 3-1 up after being 1-0 down. It is a speculative shot from Sirieix which should be easily saved, but it is spilled horribly by Pouplin into his own goal.
20:00: KICK OFF: We are back underway in all 4 games!
19:52: So, we are at half time in our matches. Toulouse will be delighted with their comeback from 1 goal down to lead 2-1, while Lorient hold a slender lead against Nice. Goalless in the other 2 games, but don’t expect it to stay like that for long…
19:46: HALF TIME: Valenciennes 0-0 Lille, Lorient 1-0 Nice, Toulouse 2-1 Sochaux, Guingamp 0-0 Nantes.
19:45: GOAL: Toulouse 2-1 Sochaux (Ben Yedder). It’s that man again! Frontman Ben Yedder completes a double before half time to put his side in front, and they deserve it on the balance of play.
19:42: Close: Nice have another chance to level, as Puel takes aim from distance. His shot is heading in, but Lorient ‘keeper Audard is equal to the effort.
19:38: Enyeama forced into his first save of the day as he palms away an attempted cross that was heading in for a corner.
19:36: Valenciennes are putting in an impressive performance so far against 3rd placed Lille, and the score is still 0-0. Lille have had chances, but they haven’t really forced Penneteau into a save yet.
19:34: What a miss! Nice should be level against Lorient as Audard completely fails with an attempted punch clear and the ball falls to Cvitanich about 5 yards out. He somehow manages to blaze over the bar though, and Lorient cling onto their advantage.
19:32: Close: Kalou has a brilliant chance to score as Lille up the tempo in the derby. The ball is passed to him just outside the box on the right, but his low shot is just wide of the post.
19:30: GOAL: Toulouse 1-1 Sochaux (Ben Yedder). Toulouse find the equaliser their latest pressure has deserved. It it Ben Yedder who buries a header from the centre of the box, but you have to question the marking there from Sochaux.
19:26: Still goalless between Guingamp and Nantes, although there has not been a lack of chances. I fell that it has the potential to be a high-scoring game here…
19:23: Close: Lille have the best chance of the game so far as the ball falls to Roux at the back post, but he can only shoot into the side netting.
19:20: Woodwork: Lorient almost 2-0 up as they hit the right hand post of Veronese’s goal with a powerful header from Aboubakar, but Nice survive. Still 1-0.
19:18: GOAL: Lorient 1-0 Nice (Monnet-Paquet). For the second time today, just as I say not much is happening in a game a goal follows… This time it is Monnet-Paquet who puts Lorient in front against Nice.
19:15: First decent chance of the game for Lille, as a header from a wide free-kick flies just over and onto the top netting. Penneteau probably had it covered to be honest.
19:12: Not much to shout about in Lorient vs Nice so far. Both sides look evenly matched and no chances of note have been created by either side.
19:10: Lowly Valenciennes holding their own against Lille so far. However, you have to feel with the form Lille are in it is only a matter of time…
19:08: GOAL: Toulouse 0-1 Sochaux (Mayuka). The away side open the scoring with a goal from Mayuka! The striker finds a pocket of space on the right hand side of the box and fires under the ‘keeper to put Sochaux in the lead.
19:07: Close: Great effort from Douniama! The ball goes to the back post from a corner, where Douniama meets it with a flying scissor-kick that goes narrowly over the bar! Exciting start in that game.
19:04: Scrappy start in Toulouse vs Sochaux, no chances of note and the ball is going back and forth around midfield. Neither side on top yet.
19:02: Nantes almost off to a flyer in Guingamp, but Ndy Assembe is equal to Djordjevic’s effort and palms it away for a corner.
19:00: KICK OFF: We are underway in all 4 games!
18:55: High-flyers: Lille have had a brilliant start to the season, and currently lie in 3rd, 4 points behind PSG and with a game in hand on Monaco. Enyeama has looked a man possessed too, and has now not conceded a goal in Ligue 1 since 15 September!
18:52: Round Up: Earlier today, Saint-Etienne secured a convincing 4-0 win at home to Reims, while Monaco closed the gap on leaders PSG with a 2-0 victory against Rennes
18:50: Lille team vs Valenciennes: Enyeama – Béria, Kjaer, Basa, Souaré – Balmont, Mavuba, Gueye – Meïté – Kalou, Roux.
18:49: Valenciennes team vs Lille: Penneteau – Masuaku, Angoua, Kagelmacher, Ciss – Lala, Doumbia, Da Silva – Dossevi, Le Tallec, Bahebeck.
18:48: Sochaux team vs Toulouse: Pouplin – Corchia, Peybernes, Zouma, Boumal – Nogueira, Lopy, Prcic, Carlao – Bakambu, Mayuka.
18:47: Toulouse team vs Sochaux: Ahamada – Spajic, Zebina, Abdennour – Aurier, Chantôme, Aguilar, Sirieix, Sylla – Braithwaite, Ben Yedder.
18:47: Nice team vs Lorient: Veronese – Puel, Gomis, Kolodziejczak, Amavi – Mendy, Digard – Brüls, Abriel, Eysseric – Cvitanich.
18:46: Lorient team vs Nice: Audard – Baca, Ecuele Manga, Lautoa, Guerreiro – Jouffre, Coutadeur, Doukouré, Monnet-Paquet – Aboubakar, Diallo
18:46: Nantes team vs Guingamp: Riou – Cissokho, Vizcarrondo, Djilobodji, Veigneau – Touré, Trebel – Bedoya, Aristeguieta, Bessat – Djordjevic.
18:45: Guingamp team vs Nantes: Ndy Assembe – Lévêque, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Lemaître – Atik, Mathis, Sankharé, Giresse – Mandanne, Douniama.
18:40: Welcome one and all to another Saturday of live Ligue 1 action. 4 games to feast our eyes on: Guingamp vs Nantes, Lorient vs Nice, Toulouse vs Sochaux and Valenciennes vs Lille. Team news coming shortly.