Preview : AS Saint-Etienne v Gabala FC


While Mainz and Anderlecht slug it out elsewhere in Group C, Saint-Etienne will hope that they can continue the Europa league trend of putting three past Gabala, to stay in contention for progression from the group. Les Verts are ninth in Ligue 1 and looking more than a little patchy at times, with a defence made up of twigs, string and defensive […]

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Preview : Red Bull Salzburg v OGC Nice – Europa League


Thursday evening’s early sitting features a clash between two teams unexpectedly in search of their first points in the Europa League this season. Both Austria’s double-holders from 2015/16 and Ligue 1’s current leaders have had a shaky start to European competition. Salzburg’s campaign started some time ago, as they went into the second qualifying round of the Champions League, back […]

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A change in approach – An Italian Job or Realpolitik in Ligue 1?


Seven rounds in, there have been many surprises in Ligue 1 so far, including what the hell are PSG up to, Pascal Dupraz for President, and yikes Lille. One interesting side-note has been a change from the norm in formation terms – to three (or five) at the back. This approach is not unheard of in France, of course, but this season’s […]

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Preview : Saint-Etienne v Anderlecht – Europa League


Saint-Etienne welcome Anderlecht to the Geoffroy-Guichard in something of a pickle. They got a point from their first game, away at Mainz, thanks to a late equaliser from Robert Beric, in a fairly level game. A creditable away point, therefore, and now a slightly sterner test; and not just due to the nature of the opposition. Christophe Galtier has fairly frequent […]

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Preview : Krasnodar v Nice – Europa League


Nice are riding high in Ligue 1 at the moment, but had a difficult evening of it when Schalke visited the Allianz Riviera, the visitors getting twenty shots off in their 1-0 win. Now les Aiglons face an archetypal tricky away trip, 3,000 km away in Krasnodar, in search of points. Founded only in 2008, FCK are currently sixth in the Premier League […]

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Preview: Mainz v Saint-Etienne – Europa League


Saint-Etienne have made it through two qualifying rounds, against AEK Athens and Beitar Jerusalem, for another crack at the Europa League. In the last three seasons they were knocked out in a play-off by Esbjerg, finished bottom of their group behind Inter, Dnipro, and Barcelona-of-the-Caucasus Qarabag, and last season made it out of the group to lose to Basel on away goals […]

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Preview : Nice v Schalke – Europa League


Nice are having a fine start to the Ligue 1 season, unbeaten after four games, and come into this match off the back of a highly enjoyable 3-2 win over Marseille on Sunday. It felt a little ‘all change’ at the club over the summer as last season’s top-scorers Valere Germain and Hatem Ben Arfa departed, as well as midfield fulcrum Nampalys Mendy […]

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Preview : Saint-Etienne v Beitar Jerusalem – Europa League Qualifying

Beitar v ASSE

Saint-Etienne are in a strong position going into the second leg of the play-off as they welcome Beitar Jerusalem to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. After conceding inside ten minutes in the first leg, goals from Fabien Lemoine and Florentin Pogba put them ahead by half-time, and that was how it stayed. It was a slightly shaky start for Les Verts as […]

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