Coupe de la Ligue Quarter Finals : Saint Etienne v PSG

Coupe de la Ligue Quarter Finals : Saint Etienne v PSG

After the excitement of the still massive and slightly random Coupe de France to reopen proceedings after the winter break, we are hitting the business end of one cup competition already, as the Coupe de la Ligue pops up with four all-Ligue 1 fixtures. Last Round Round-Up There were only three Ligue 2 teams involved in the huitiemes, and after all playing Ligue 1 opposition away in the previous round, there were similarly tricky draws here. Creteil had…

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Can Paris Saint-Germain Take Lyon’s Crown Both Home and Away?

Can Paris Saint-Germain Take Lyon’s Crown Both Home and Away?

At the winter break, it’s a chance to sit back, open a bottle of red and consider how things have gone so far – and also to ponder the prospects for an interesting 2015, at both club and international level. Division 1 is 14 games into a 22-game season, and there are changes afoot. The key battle is at the top, although on the face of it little seems to have changed – Lyon lead, PSG are second….

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Coupe de France – US Boulogne v US Sarre-Union

Both these teams have been in the cup for a fair few rounds already. Boulogne started in round five, seeing off a couple of district teams 4-1 and 5-1 before another 4-1 to beat Calais (CFA) in round 7. They then pulled off a minor giantkilling in round 8 by knocking out Le Havre 2-0 away, with goals from Julien-Antoine Begue and Anthony Soubervie. They sit fourth in National having gone into the winter break…

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Coupe de France Preview – Red Star FC v Arles-Avignon

There may be a division between these two teams, as Red Star welcome Arles-Avignon to the Stade Bauer, but there isn’t actually much of a gap. Red Star lie third in National on 29 points, just three points off their city rivals Paris FC at the winter break; Arles-Avignon are dead last in Ligue 2 with ten points after 18 games, nine off safety, and already looking doomed. The final games of 2014 summed up…

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Coupe de France Preview – Montpellier v PSG

When this fixture was drawn out of the hat, it may have put something of a spanner in Laurent Blanc’s selection plans for the new year. PSG have six fixtures in January, including both cups, and five in February, including the Champions League, with the possibility of another in January and two more in February depending how their cup runs go. That could mean 14 games in eight weeks, so getting another Ligue 1 team…

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PREVIEW – Lyon v Monaco: Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes

PREVIEW – Lyon v Monaco: Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes

As an aperitif before the last game of the year and the Christmas break, we have the last sixteen round of the Coupe de la Ligue, with the European teams joining in the fun. Last Round Round-Up Three Ligue 2 teams made it through, and all played Ligue 1 opposition away from home, with varying degrees of difficulty. Arles-Avignon needed extra time to beat Reims 3-2 in a match where they showed much character. Nicolas…

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Preview : Monaco v Marseille – Week 18

Monaco had a pleasing midweek, securing their progression to the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over FC Zenit, but with the worrying caveat of going through with only 4 goals scored, the least goal-scorey of all the teams going through by some distance (although, with only one goal against, the least goal-concedey too). They have 21 in the league, which is actually joint fifth, so not that bad, and their defence…

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Europa Euround-up : Beauvue brace keeps the Ligue 1 end up

Europa Euround-up : Beauvue brace keeps the Ligue 1 end up

The last group game in both European competitions and with only one team (PSG) sure of progressing to the next round, some tension in the air. The midweek of destiny was upon us. On Tuesday, Monaco welcomed Zenit St Petersburg to the Stade Louis II needing a point to progress, and ended up topping the group after a 2-0 win as Bayer Leverkusen downed tools and drew 0-0 away at Benfica. With a back four of…

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