One Year On: Chelsea Heavy Favourites Against Weakened PSG

One Year On: Chelsea Heavy Favourites Against Weakened PSG

When both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea walk out onto the Parc des Princes pitch on Tuesday evening, both sides know they will have to be at their best to pick up a positive first leg result. Chelsea will only play six of the eleven that started the first leg last season, and due to injuries, Laurent Blanc will have to play eight of the side that won 3-1 last year. There is little doubt that…

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Olympique de Marseille v Stade de Reims: Preview

Olympique de Marseille v Stade de Reims: Preview

Stade de Reims are in a very rare group – they are one of the few clubs that Olympique de Marseille has actually beaten away from home this season. This does not bode well for Jean-Luc Vasseur and his team as they travel to the Stade Velodrome for Friday night’s fixture. Marcelo Bielsa’s team were at their imperious best when these sides met at the Stade Auguste Delaune in September. Marseille ran out comfortable 5-0 winners, but…

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Could Former Liverpool Boss Replace Blanc This Summer

Could Former Liverpool Boss Replace Blanc This Summer

Despite having relative success with Paris Saint-Germain over the last two seasons, it is looking very unlikely that Laurent Blanc will continue in his role next season. On Wednesday morning, Correiro dello Sport, suggests that former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez could be in running to leave Naples and become the new coach at Manchester City, Newcastle United or possibly return to Anfield. Recently Benitez has also been touted to replace Blanc in the Parisian hot…

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Marseille Striker Linked With Summer Move to Southampton

Marseille Striker Linked With Summer Move to Southampton

Out of contract at the end of the season, Andre-Pierre Gignac is a wanted man across Europe. His form may have dipped since the opening 10 games of the season, but as a free transfer, there is little doubt he is a man in demand. Monday’s Daily Mirror suggests that he is a target for Ronald Koeman’s Southampton this summer. Gignac has scored 14 goals in 24 games, which on paper is a fantastic return,…

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Arsenal Linked With Summer Move for Paris Saint-Germain Lynch-pin

Arsenal Linked With Summer Move for Paris Saint-Germain Lynch-pin

You would think that with the closing of the transfer window we would get a few weeks reprieve of transfer stories….don’t be silly. Sunday’s big story was in the Daily Star, suggesting that Arsenal had been told that it would cost £40 million to sign Italian international Marco Verratti. There is no doubt that Verratti is a superb midfielder, and if you are looking to build a world class midfield, he is the ideal lynch-pin…

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OGC Nice v FC Nantes: Preview – Week 24

OGC Nice v FC Nantes: Preview – Week 24

Claude Puel’s Nice are enjoying a rich vein of form in recent weeks, they have won 10 of the last 12 points available, taking them up to eighth with 32 points. On Sunday, their opponents also have 32 points, but they are on the way down. Les Canaris have failed to win any of their last four games, and they now have the second worst goal scoring record in the league. For a team out…

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EA Guingamp v AS Monaco: Preview – Week 24

EA Guingamp v AS Monaco: Preview – Week 24

Results have gone their way, and Monaco knows that over Guingamp at the Stade Roudourou would take them above Saint-Etienne and into fourth. It won’t be easy, despite sitting down in 12th, the Breton side have only lost one of their last six league games. Sunday afternoon will see Ligue 1’s in form defence take on one of France’s red-hot strikers. Claudio Beauvue has scored six goals in his last five games, including that stunning…

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Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Before the season is out there will be many games in Ligue 1 deemed “must wins” for sides up and down the table, but Saturday afternoon’s meeting between Rennes and Marseille brings up a clash where neither side can really afford to go away without any points. There is a gaping hole somewhere in Philippe Montanier’s sinking ship, and unless he can find it, their hopes of playing in Europe next season are going to…

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