EA Guingamp v LB Chateauroux – Preview

EA Guingamp v LB Chateauroux – Preview

Guingamp are certainly a side who have treated all competitions seriously this season. They could have been forgiven for taking their eye off the ball in the domestic cups, especially considering their European involvement. But a run to the quarter finals of the Coupe de la Ligue has been followed up by swift progress in their defence of the Coupe de France. And you’d have to make them a strong favourite facing a Chateauroux side…

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FC Bressuire v Le Poiré-sur-Vie – Preview

FC Bressuire v Le Poiré-sur-Vie – Preview

FC Bressuire shocked National division side Amiens in the previous round, coming from behind to win 2-1. A brace of Laurent Gireault goals propelled them to a seventh victory in this season’s Coupe de France, and it’s quite possible that their fairy tale story will continue. Compared to previous scalps, Le Poiré-sur-Vie shouldn’t be any tougher, and if anything could be a little easier to face. The side from the Pays de la Loire region of…

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Coupe de France Preview: FC Bressuire v Amiens SC

FC Bressuire are a fifth tier CFA2 side who have had to win six matches just to get to this stage of the competition. They have to face National division opposition here but that might not worry them too much considering that they beat Istres, from the same division, in the previous round. It’s been a fairly mediocre league campaign for the team from Poitou-Charentes with four wins, draws and defeats. Obviously for a team…

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Coupe de France Preview: SM Caen v Dijon FCO

This is a Ligue 1 vs Ligue 2 clash, but in reality only two places separate the teams. Caen are rock bottom of L1, whilst Dijon are nicely situated just behind Troyes at the summit of L2. It would therefore be understandable if both sides took their eye off the ball a bit in this fixture because league matters seem to be far more important. For Caen, it’s been a very frustrating season because many…

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Coupe de France Preview: Vendée Luçon Football v LB Chateauroux

National Division side Lucon will be eyeing up a Ligue 2 scalp this weekend when they take on struggling Chateauroux. The team close to the Atlantic coast aren’t known for their excitability and they are actually the lowest-scoring team in the whole division. Nevertheless, they have proven difficult to beat, only losing 4 times in 16 games. Lucon have picked up a whopping five 0-0 draws so far this season and fans at Le Stade Jean de Mouzon…

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Bastia and Claude Makelele Can-Nantes afford another defeat

Bastia and Claude Makelele Can-Nantes afford another defeat

New Bastia coach Claude Makelele would have hoped for better than 18th place in the table after the first six games. However, the Corsicans have at least managed to pick up six points in that period and played some good football at times; SCB just need to become a more consistent outfit. It must be said that Bastia were very settled under the management of Frederic Hantz, but Makelele has overseen a complete squad overhaul….

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Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15

Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15

Ligue 2 kicks off on Friday night and it is set to be a very exciting and unpredictable season. Our resident Ligue 2 expert Steve Wyss brings you up to date with all the summer goings on, and looks at the contenders up and down the table. Promotion contenders When mentioning promotion contenders, the first place to start has to be Troyes. Arguably, the club managed by Jean Marc Furlan have the strongest looking squad…

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Valenciennes: 2013/14 Season Review

Valenciennes: 2013/14 Season Review

This season was a complete disaster for Valenciennes, it’s as simple as that. The Northerners had worked hard to establish themselves as a Ligue 1 club for nine years, only to wash that all away thanks to a nightmare campaign. Pre-season expectations were for VA to finish up around the midtable mark. Few pundits imagined they’d get sucked into much trouble, but looking back perhaps it’s not too much of a surprise they failed so…

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