Adama Diakhaby: Replacing the Irreplaceable at Rennes

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I’ve been asked a couple of times this summer who the next Ousmane Dembele might be. To answer that is very difficult as it’s easy to forget that the former flying Rennes forward has only been playing professional football for ten months. Unearthing an heir apparent after that short a space of time would take some doing! Benefitting from one […]

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XI LIGUE 1 Players Your Club Needs This Summer


With European sides now regularly scouting Ligue 1 for players to sign, Rich Allen has put together an XI of players whom clubs may want to take a closer look at this summer. Steve Mandanda – Goalkeeper – Marseille Steve Mandanda has been a loyal servant and beyond for Marseille since he joined initially on loan in 2007. Time and again […]

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Rennes v Monaco: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 35


The big match of the weekend, in terms of European qualification anyway, sees Rennes host Monaco. Whilst the home side need the points to keep alive their dwindling hopes of Europa League football next season, Monaco will be looking for the win and the points in their quest to finish in second place and the final automatic Champions League qualification […]

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Gazelec Ajaccio v Lille: Ligue 1 Preview: Week 34


An intriguing encounter on Saturday evening as Gazelec Ajaccio host an in-form Lille. Both teams still have plenty to play for. The home side will be desperate for points as they look to keep alive their hopes of staying in Ligue 1 for a second season. Frederic Antonetti and his Lille team meanwhile have continued to move away from the […]

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Toulouse v Bastia: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 33


Whisper it but Toulouse are giving themselves a chance at making an almost unforeseen escape from relegation. It was only a few weeks ago that many, including this writer, were condemning Toulouse to the drop. To their credit, since the arrival of Pascal Dupraz, new life seems to have been injected into the side. A draw away to Marseille was […]

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Rennes v Lyon: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 30

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As we come to the business end of the season, every game takes on a higher level of importance and with the league being so widely spread, an opportunity to take points off a rival cannot be missed. Sunday evening’s game sees Rennes host Lyon and it could go a long way in deciding who claims a place in the […]

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FC Nantes v AS Monaco: Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions


It’s a battle between two of Ligue 1’s most in-form teams as Nantes host Monaco on Sunday afternoon. Both these sides have quietly put together impressive runs of form that have led to Michel Der Zakarian’s side to sixth (two points behind third with a game in hand) and the principality side claiming second place as their own. Les Canaris […]

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