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

OGCN v MHSC cropped

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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SC Bastia v FC Nantes : Ligue 1 – Week 27 Preview

Bastia Nantes

While everyone else is watching the Champions League, Ligue 1 is using this midweek opportunity to catch up on some delayed matches, this one due to public order fears rather than the usual weather-related pitch-knack, as in Gazelec v Marseille, kicking off at the same time. Some background – after the away trip to Reims in game 26, which Bastia won 1-0, […]

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SC Bastia v FC Lorient : Ligue 1 – Week 29 Preview

Bastia v Nice

A match between the teams in eleventh and tenth might not seem to have much riding on it, but such is the weirdness of the Ligue 1 table this season that both are only four points off a theoretical European spot. Bastia’s home form continues to impress, third in the domicile table behind only PSG and Lyon. They have won […]

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Saint-Etienne v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de France Preview

ASSE PSG

The grand choc of the quarter-finals sees six-time winners Saint-Etienne hosting nine-time winners and current holders Paris Saint-Germain. Les Verts haven’t had the smoothest ride to this stage and are yet to finish a match inside the traditional 90 minutes. The edgiest match was the first one, against CFA2’s Raon L’Etape, which went to penalties after a 1-1 draw, Stephane Ruffier the […]

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FC Lorient v Gazelec Ajaccio: Coupe de France Preview

FCL Gaz

in the opening pair of quarter-finals, there is an all-Ligue 1 clash between FC Lorient and Gazelec Ajaccio, hoping to outdo their league colleagues Saint-Etienne and PSG later on. Lorient needed extra time in both of their first two cup matches, at home to Ligue 2 Tours and away at National’s Boulogne, both times having Benjamin Jeannot to thank for their progression […]

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EA Guingamp v Angers SCO – Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions

Guingamp Angers

On Saturday evening, two teams meet who are both looking to arrest a slide, although in different areas of the table. Guingamp are 16th on 31 points and looking nervously below them at the relegation battle; Angers are 9th on 37 but on a terrible run of form having lost the last four in a row. Guingamp’s last two matches have […]

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