Preview: Troyes vs Saint-Etienne – Coupe de France

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The early triple-header on Wednesday sees les Verts visiting the lanterne rouge. Troyes are bottom of the table with 11 points, 16 away from safety, and have recently sacked manager Claude Robin after less than two months in charge; he took over in early December from Jean-Marc Furlan who got them promoted as Ligue 2 Champions last season. Given ESTAC’s situation, a transfer window fire-sale […]

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Preview: Sochaux vs Monaco – Coupe de France

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Distractions, distractions – both teams here may be wondering if a cup run falls into the category ‘good thing’ or ‘bad thing’, but for rather different reasons. Sochaux are languishing in 19th place in Ligue 2, and their supporters are writing open letters to voice their concerns about the new owners who arrived in the summer, Chinese LED-manufacturers Ledus (not the […]

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PREVIEW: Coupe de la Ligue – PSG v Toulouse

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The second semi-final has a familiar feeling to it – it’s not that unusual for teams to face off more than twice a season, but playing each other three times in twelve days is something of a novelty. The teams may well be sick of the sight of each other by now, but relegation-battling Toulouse have put in two decent performances […]

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Coupe Heroics from Enyeama, Referee Blunders and a Purple Haze for OM

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Into the quarter-finals, featuring a carefully scheduled series of three matches on Wednesday which of course ended up overlapping. Eight goals, extra time, a penalty shootout and, for once, no red cards, as an all-Ligue 1 line-up continued its pursuit of silverware. Bordeaux 2 – 0 Lorient After a valuable away win against Montpellier at the weekend, the departure of Henri […]

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Preview : Guingamp v Lille – Coupe de la Ligue

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In their third season after promotion from Ligue 2, Guingamp look stalled, after a creditable tenth-place finish in 2014/15 that also saw them put in the most impressive French performance in the Europa League. Top-scorer Claudio Beauvue left for Lyon (not entirely successfully), his habitual partner in crime Christophe Mandanne went to the UAE on a free, and despite some promising […]

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Preview : Toulouse v Marseille – Coupe de la Ligue

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Toulouse might still be down in the relegation zone, but things have picked up after a fairly yikes start to the season, and they are unbeaten in five in all competitions. So far in the cup Wissam Ben Yedder had scored a brace in both of their previous matches, and most recently got a hat-trick against Reims at the weekend. […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes Round Up: Ooh, Ounas

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Given the size and shape of this competition, the scope for a giantkilling is limited, but upsets can still happen. Not this round, unfortunately, although there were some near misses. All four Ligue 2 teams are now out. On Tuesday, League leaders Dijon were beaten 3-0 by Lorient. They went down to ten men early in the second half, already a goal behind […]

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EUROUNDUP: Zlatan Breaks Another Record as Group Stages End

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Going into this round, two teams were already sure of progressing (Paris Saint-Germain and St Etienne) and two had their calendars marked ‘available’ (Lyon and Bordeaux), so most of the interest was split over the two Europa League shifts on Thursday as Marseille looked for a point against Slovan Liberec, and Monaco went to Spurs looking for a win and the other […]

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