Champions League Preview : Monaco v Manchester City

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After a 5-3 thriller in the first leg at the Etihad three weeks ago, there is no doubt that Manchester City’s trip to the Stade Louis II is the most anticipated of all of the Champions League Round of 16 second legs. Needing at least two goals to progress, Monaco will be forced to go on the attack, something that […]

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Champions League Preview : Barcelona v PSG

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Few would have thought that Paris Saint-Germain could enter this evening’s visit to the Nou Camp with even a hint of doubt after thrashing Barcelona 4-0 three weeks ago. However, the hosts’ good form, and a pair of uneven outings from the French champions have seen just the smallest bit of uncertainty creep into the minds of some. Whether the […]

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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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