Champions League Preview – Manchester City v Monaco

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While not the high-profile encounter involving a Ligue 1 team of last week, Monaco’s trip to the Etihad Stadium this evening is nevertheless an intriguing one. Manchester City’s season has been one of mixed fortunes; dogged by injuries (Vincent Kompany, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus) and the failure of big-name transfers (Claudio Bravo, John Stones) to settle, the team have seemingly […]

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Champions League Preview : Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona

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The lather-rinse-repeat predictability of Paris Saint-Germain meeting Barcelona in the Champions’ League Round of 16 has surely been greeted with some degree of schadenfreude elsewhere in France. The champions have looked more vulnerable than usual this season, and a galling draw against Ludogorets in the group stage’s last day would seem to be karmic retribution for a botched transfer window […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Semi Finals : Monaco v Nancy

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The first semi-final finished Bordeaux 1 – 4 Paris-Saint Germain as the holders rolled over their hosts with braces from Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani. Eric Devin looks at the match-up to decide who will face PSG in their fourth consecutive final.  Given the clubs involved and their histories, it is likely that, of the two Coupe de la […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Semi-Finals : Bordeaux v PSG

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When Bordeaux met Paris Saint-Germain in the league in early October, the match, a 2-0 victory for the hosts at the Parc des Princes, was a bit of a damp squib. Edinson Cavani had a brace within half an hour and the result was never in doubt. Things have changed in the intervening nearly four months, however, as PSG went […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Quarter-Finals – Wednesday: Bordeaux v Guingamp and PSG v Metz

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The cup competition continues apace this mid-week with the second two quarterfinals of the Coupe de la Ligue. A suddenly resurgent Paris Saint-Germain are obviously favoured, but don’t rule out a scrappy Guingamp, either. The Breton side were seconds away from defeating Monaco in the season’s opening league match, and turned aside the Parisians handily in the first half’s penultimate matchday.  Girondins […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Quarter-Finals – Tuesday : Nantes v Nancy and Sochaux v Monaco

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We’re yet to see the return of Ligue 1 in France, but the cup competitions continue apace this mid-week with the quarterfinals of the Coupe de la Ligue. Monaco, authors of a 7-0 defeat of Rennes in the previous round, look to be co-favorites with a suddenly resurgent Paris Saint-Germain, and face the last remaining Ligue 2 side, FC Sochaux. Elsewhere, […]

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Preview : Bayer Leverkusen v AS Monaco – Champions League

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Monaco travel to the BayArena this evening in the very definition of a dead rubber. Both teams are assured of progression, but they are also locked into their respective places in the table. It was an unlikely outcome given the presence of Tottenham Hotspur in their group, but both have displayed an impressive proclivity for playing on the counter. While Bayer […]

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Preview : Olympique Lyonnais v Sevilla – Champions League

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Lyon welcome Sevilla in a match where qualification for the knock-out stages is still possible, the hosts needing to win by two goals to progress. Lyon’s trip to Metz at the weekend was never supposed to be the maelstrom of distraction that it became. Bruno Genesio had put out a rotated side, with Corentin Tolisso, Nabil Fekir and in-form Mathieu Valbuena all […]

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