Team News: Montpellier vs. Valenciennes

Montpellier hope to stretch their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to five points with victory over Valenciennes.

Rene Girard has named a strong Montpellier HSC side to face Valenciennes at the Stade de la Mosson.

John Utaka, Olivier Giroud and Souleymane Camara form a three-pronged attack, with Karim Ait Fana settling for a place in the bench.

Valenciennes captain David Ducourtioux also starts from the bench, with Mody Traore replacing him in defence.

Montpellier: Joudren, Bocaly, Yanga-Mbiwa, Hilton, Bedimo, Stambouli, Belhanda, Estrada, Utaka, Giroud, Camara

Valenciennes: Penneteau, Gil, Traore, Isimat-Mirin, Mater, Gomis, Saez, Cohade, Aboubakar, Dossevi, Kadir

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