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CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Friday, May 20, 2011
Carlos Bocanegra is expected to start for St. Etienne as they wrap up the season against FC Sochaux while Quentin Westberg and Evian look to move closer to the Ligue 2 title as they face Stade de Reims on Friday

FC Sochaux Montbéliard – AS St. Etienne

St. Etienne head up to Sochaux to salvage points and pride in the penultimate game of the season on Sunday.

Carlos Bocanegra will mind the backline as a starter and look to bolster a squad now plagued by injury.

Both starting keeper Jérémie Janot and striker Emmanuel Rivière will have to miss out after picking up muscle injuries in last Sunday's 1-2 loss at home to Stade Rennais. On the bright side, coach Christophe Galtier will likely have Dimitri Payet at his disposal after missing out last weekend due to a knee ailment.

Occupants of the sixth spot in the standings, the Sochaliens fell last weekend in the north to Lille, who look poised to win the Ligue 1 championship.

France Under-20 national player Cédric Bakambu is not expected to appear after exiting the 2-1 win over the US on Thursday with an injury.

Stade de Reims – Evian TG FC

Ligue 2 leaders Evian roll up to Champagne capital Friday night with two games left to clinch the championship and secure promotion to the French top-flight.

Following his shutout last weekend against ESTAC Troyes, keeper Quentin Westberg can expect to start between the posts for the Savoyards.

Evian are currently tied with Dijon on 61 points but hold a four-goal advantage in differential. A win will ensure promotion into Ligue 1 next season, while the last game of the season will determine the champion.

Reims meanwhile occupy the 11th spot in the standing and are coming off a 1-1 draw with Clermont Foot. Skipper Hubert Fournier will have a full squad at his diposition and will look to leading striker Julien Toudic for firepower, who has tallied 15 goals thus far.
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