Preview: PSG v FC Basel – Time for the French Side to Show Their Strength


​On Wednesday evening Paris Saint-Germain will play their third UEFA Champions League fixture as they host FC Basel at the Parc des Princes. It’s a match that the home side cannot afford to lose and the expectant fans will be expecting the Ligue 1 champions to put their Swiss opponents to the sword. Group rivals Arsenal are set to play […]

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Preview : Olympique Lyonnais v Juventus – Champions League


As Lyon prepare to welcome Juventus to the Parc OL this evening, a bit of a cloud hangs over the team. As Alexandre Lacazette and Rafael were only just coming back from injury lay-offs, the pair only featured from the bench in Friday’s defeat to Nice. Admittedly, Nabil Fekir’s red card halfway through the first half had more to do […]

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Preview : CSKA Moscow v AS Monaco – Champions League


Monaco head to Russia this evening on the back of a disheartening loss at Toulouse on Friday. Leonardo Jardim opted for a rotated side, with several players having been in action internationally, and paid the price, as an aggressive Toulouse side won 3-1, a margin that could have been more had the hosts been more clinical. Nevertheless, Monaco are in good stead […]

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Preview : Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb – Champions League


Having conceded seven goals in their last two league matches, it would be a bit of an understatement to say that Lyon are a club in flux. After comprehensive defeats of Nancy and Caen to start the season, last year’s runners-up have dropped six points and seem to be riddled with problems. A perfect storm of injuries and poor form have […]

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Preview : Tottenham v Monaco – Champions League


When Monaco were last in the Champions’ League proper, in 2014-15, they qualified directly by finishing second in Ligue 1. In this edition, it took a pair of playoff rounds, and some might have it that they were lucky with regards to their opponents. Both Fenerbahce and Villarreal could be considered favorable draws; both were hit hard by injuries and suspensions, making […]

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Preview: PSG v Arsenal – Champions League


Even though it feels like Paris Saint-Germain has played Chelsea around 100 times in the last few seasons, Tuesday’s game with Arsenal is only the first competitive meeting between these two clubs in 22 years. Arsenal beat PSG 2-1 on aggregate, winning 1-0 at Highbury, to advance to the final of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. Now, the […]

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Preview: Monaco v Villareal – Champions League Qualifying

Monaco celebrate v Villareal

With just six days between matches, and seemingly no change in the fitness issues that are currently plaguing Villarreal, the overriding assumption is that today’s match between hosts Monaco and the Spanish side is all but a foregone conclusion. After all, at the weekend while Monaco were able to eke out a victory away at the always-challenging Nantes, despite using […]

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Preview : Monaco v Fenerbahce – Champions League Qualifying

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While an unfortunate injury to goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis forced youngster Loic Badiashile into action last Wednesday, Monaco looked none the worse for wear. Yes, a 2-1 loss to Fenerbahce was less than ideal, but given their away goal, the tie is far from over. Indeed, with first-choice goalkeeper Danijel Subasic back in training, as well as newly arrived centre […]

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