Red Star FC v AS Saint-Étienne: Coupe de France Preview

Red Star FC v AS Saint-Étienne: Coupe de France Preview

Only one Ligue 1 side is in action in Tuesday’s four opening games of the Coupe de France round of 16. Six-time champions AS Saint-Étienne travel to Paris to take on Championnat National representatives Red Star at Stade Jean-Bouin after both sides successfully navigated the last round, in slightly different fashions. Les Verts were involved in arguably the clash of the round of 32; a pulsating eight-goal thriller away at Tours FC that eventually saw Christophe…

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Red Star FC v Marseille Consolat – Preview

Red Star FC v Marseille Consolat – Preview

The outstanding tie of the round of 32 is arguably Red Star FC’s clash with GS Consolat Marseille at Stade Bauer on Friday evening. A Championnat National equivalent or alternative version of Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille’s fiercely contested grudge match “Le Classique”, this one will be aiming to put its own spin on the Paris-Marseille rivalry. The hosts came from one goal down to see off Ligue 2 side AC Arles-Avignon 2-1 in…

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US Avranches v FC Metz – Preview

US Avranches v FC Metz – Preview

We check in with Championnat National outfit US Avranches for the first time since their giant-killing of Ligue 1 side FC Lorient in the round of 64. Richard Dezire’s men edged past Les Merlus 1-0 at Stade Rene Fenouillere thanks to Youssouf Niakate’s 59th minute strike, but had Ivorian defender Ali Keita receive a straight red card six minutes from the end of that one. However, Coupe de France success has not exactly impacted well upon…

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AS Monaco v Evian Thonon Gaillard – Preview

AS Monaco v Evian Thonon Gaillard – Preview

One of four all-Ligue 1 round of 32 ties, AS Monaco welcome Evian Thonon Gaillard to Stade Louis II on Wednesday. In the last round Monaco stayed calm to beat an enthusiastic but limited Nimes 2-0, going ahead after half an hour and popping in a second in injury time; meanwhile Evian downed AF Bobigny with three second-half goals after the DH side couldn’t hold out beyond 68 minutes. Judging by recent form in the league, however, Monaco…

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Coupe de France Preview: GS Consolat Marseille v AC Ajaccio

AC Ajaccio will be looking to put their Ligue 2 struggles and recent Coupe de la Ligue disappointment behind them when they travel to Group Sportif Consolat’s Stade de la Martine on Sunday afternoon. The Corsicans were beaten 3-1 at home by Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the League Cup towards the end of 2014 and are currently 12th in the second tier, just six points above the bottom three, after last season’s relegation from…

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Coupe de France Preview: US Avranches v FC Lorient

Another potential Coupe de France shock could come on Saturday evening at Stade Rene Fenouillere where Championnat National side l’Union Sportive Avranches Mont Saint Michel welcome Ligue 1 outfit FC Lorient to Lower Normandy. The Manche-based home side made it into the round of 64 thanks to a 6-1 mauling of Jumeaux De M Zoisia, before seeing off US Matoury 1-0 on the road. Avranches are newcomers to the third tier this season, having earned…

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Coupe de France Preview: AF Bobigny v Evian Thonon Gaillard

There is a potential giant-killing on the cards on Saturday afternoon when one of the lowest-ranked teams in the Coupe de France, Academie Football Bobigny, host Ligue 1 outfit Evian Thonon Gaillard in the northeastern suburbs of Paris. The hosts ply their trade in the regional (Division d’Honneur) Ligue Paris Ile-de-France in the Seine Saint-Denis district and the game will be played at Stade Auguste Delaune, not to be confused with Stade de Reims’ stadium…

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Philippe Montanier’s Rennes Project Finally Taking Shape

Philippe Montanier’s Rennes Project Finally Taking Shape

In the summer of 2013, Philippe Montanier surprised everyone with his decision to leave a Real Sociedad side on the rise in Spain’s La Liga for Stade Rennais who had just slumped to their lowest Ligue 1 finish in ten seasons. La Real had just qualified for the UEFA Champions League by finishing fourth, pipping Valencia to the final qualification spot by a single point. Rennes, conversely, had just been beaten in the Coupe de la…

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