Game 17 : Ligue 1 v Weather

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It has been a fog-affected week. Friday night’s match between Dijon and Marseille was postponed due to the inability of anyone not to look like extras in a John Carpenter film when they stepped onto the pitch. Marseille took it upon themselves to pay for accommodation for their 160 supporters who had made the trip, which was impressive. After a clear start, however, things didn’t […]

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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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