Preview : OGC Nice v FK Krasnodar – Europa League

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Hello and welcome to a match that means absolutely nothing as both teams are already locked into their finishing positions – FKK will come second in the group, and Nice are out. Nice are in this position because they had to go to Schalke and get a result in the last round – they lost 2-0. They key match, however, was […]

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Preview : Anderlecht v AS Saint-Etienne – Europa League

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Both teams are through, but there’s still top spot to play for as Anderlecht are on 11 points and Saint-Etienne on 9, so ASSE will go through as group winners with a win. On the face of it, this seems unlikely. Anderlecht’s home form in this season’s Europa league (including qualifying) is 3-0, 3-1, 6-1, and they are the top-scorers in the Jupiler […]

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Preview : AS Saint-Etienne v FSV Mainz – Europa League

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Game 5 in Group C sees some jockeying for position as Saint-Etienne welcome Mainz while Anderlecht, also on eight points, travel to Gabala. ASSE are ninth in Ligue 1 and have pretty much the same form across both competitions they are in with 2 points per game, although are mildly more successful in front of both goals in Europe (scoring five and […]

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Preview : FC Schalke v OGC Nice – Europa League

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Ah, Nice. Still top of Ligue 1 after a 1-0 away win at Saint-Etienne at the weekend, albeit no longer unbeaten after losing by the same margin at Caen the game before. Consistently exciting and inventive, they are a joy to watch. And so far, absolutely terrible in Europe. Nice sit bottom of the group with a solitary win (1-0 away at […]

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Preview : France v Sweden – World Cup Qualifiers

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The fourth match of World Cup Qualifying in Europe’s Group A sees the top two face off with little between them. Equal on points (7), goal difference (+4), and goals scored (5), France welcome Sweden to the Stade de France knowing that this could be a key game in getting to Russia 2018. Sweden’s 1-1 draw at home against the […]

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Preview : OGC Nice v Red Bull Salzburg – Europa League

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Group I is shaping up as if Nice have had bigger things on their minds recently. Schalke are top with 9 and welcome FK Krasnodar (6); Nice (3) welcome point-less Salzburg whom they beat 1-0 in Austria through an early strike from Alassane Plea. Lucien Favre is, of course, insisting that this is their only focus – before what looks a very […]

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Preview : Gabala v Saint Etienne – Europa League

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Saint-Etienne are lying seventh in Ligue 1 after a creditable 1-1 draw against Monaco at the weekend, and will be away at Metz on Sunday. They are also in and around in the Europa League standings, as Group C sees a confused mess of trying to rank teams with the same points, as three teams have five, two the same goal […]

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Coupe de la Ligue – Wednesday Preview

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As we wait for the European teams to get involved, the seiziemes are again the dixiemes in the Coupe de la Ligue, with a cast of fourteen Ligue 1 teams joining four from Ligue 2 and two from National over a midweek bonus round. Chateauroux v Girondins de Bordeaux – 18.45 CEST (Canal+ Sport) One of only two third-tier teams left in […]

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