Preview: Coupe de France Final – Marseille v PSG

PSG OM

This is it. The last game of the French football season, the last chance for silverware; PSG aiming for a second consecutive domestic quadruple, Marseille looking to defend their status as record cup-winners. Ooh. Marseille may not have had the most successful or stress-free league season but their cup run has been a bright note, featuring six different scorers (admittedly one […]

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Season Review – Winning is a State of Mind

Nice Winners

PSG may have taken the title and the Coupe de la Ligue, and will play Marseille for the Coupe de France next weekend, but there are other winners in this Ligue 1 season, maybe not as showy or shiny, but worthy of recognition. Nice came fourth on 63 points, which if PSG win the cup will mean automatic group stage qualification for […]

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Ligue 1 PREVIEW: Nice v Saint-Etienne – Week 37

Nice ASSE

In a crucial tie to determine the Europa League places, fourth-place Saint-Etienne travel to fifth-place Nice, with only a point between them. With ASSE then facing Lille (sixth, only one point further back) in the final game, holding onto their current ranking could be a difficult proposition; LOSC play Guingamp this round, and in a neat coincidence EAG host Nice in the final […]

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Ligue 1 PREVIEW: OM v Stade de Reims and Reims v Relegation – Week 37

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To say Marseille have had a difficult season is not so much an understatement as, well, something else entirely. L’Equipe headlined their last match, a 1-0 win away at Angers, after eleven matches without a victory, with ‘Marseille tient son maintien‘ (roughly, ‘Marseille are staying up’) – and this was of a very different mood than those Leicester fans waving a […]

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Ligue 1: The Battle for Europe

EUROPE

PSG secured their fourth consecutive title last month, so as they motor gently onwards, unencumbered by any distractions, focus turns to the battle for who will join them in Europe next season. This is slightly complicated by the fact that PSG could also win the Coupe de France, so at this point it’s not clear if sixth in the league […]

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FC Lorient v PSG: Coupe de France Preview

Lorient v Gaz CDF

The next step in PSG’s attempt to repeat last season’s domestic quadruple [if we really must count the Trophee des Champions – Ed] is a Coupe de France semi-final against Lorient. FCL are 11th in the table on 43 points, so can be fully focussed on this match, whereas despite its importance for the holders, they will also be looking forwards to […]

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Nice v Rennes: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 33

HBA v Dembele

Sunday afternoon sees a very promising match as Nice in sixth on 50 points welcome Rennes in fourth on 51. Both teams are high-scoring, but not particularly defensively solid, so the prospects are good for there to be goals in this. When they met in the first half of the season, Nice were on a highly enjoyable run of form that had […]

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Montpellier HSC v OGC Nice : Week 30 Ligue 1 Preview

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Eight points and eleven places separate these two teams, but recent form has Montpellier in better shape as the Nice goal-wave abates, and this is quite a tricky one to call. Their seasons could not have started more differently: while Montpellier spent the first ten games accumulating just five points and six goals, and getting mired in the relegation zone, Nice were fifth with 17 […]

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