AS Monaco v SC Bastia: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

AS Monaco v SC Bastia: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

On Wednesday night, Bastia travel to the principality of Monaco to take on Leandro Jardim’s side for a place in the Coupe de la Ligue final. After the first few months of the season, this competition may have been seen as the only way either side would qualify for European competition. Monaco have finally got their act together under Jardim and now they must start favourites to finish in the top 4, but also get…

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Lille OSC v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

Lille OSC v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

Into the closing stages of the most involved route into Europe possible, and a set of fixtures that look likely to pit France’s two Champions League teams against each other in the final. First up on Tuesday is Lille vs Paris Saint-German at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Last Round Round-Up In the second quarter-final PSG beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 at the Geoffroy-Guichard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the goal. Saint-Etienne made some good chances but put most of them…

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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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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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Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes or Thereabouts

Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes or Thereabouts

Midweek league cup action ahoy! This round, the seiziemes are actually the dixiemes, to accommodate most of the Ligue 1 teams joining in and ensure the numbers are right when the European teams (and Lyon) get involved in the next round. All six of the Ligue 2 teams who have progressed are playing away from home, as are Montpellier, sort of, as they relocate to the Altrad Stadium while Mosson recovers from the recent flooding. Second Round Round-Up…

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Coupe de la Ligue : Second Round Preview

Coupe de la Ligue : Second Round Preview

First round round-up – 29 goals in the ten games, four of which went to extra time, three of which to penalties, and four red cards were brandished. Both of the National sides are out: Istres were seen off by an early goal from Clermont‘s Pierrick Capelle in a match which also saw a late red card as Anthony Barbier was sent off in injury time (late in match terms, but he’d only been on the pitch 20…

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Coupe de la Ligue: First Round

Coupe de la Ligue: First Round

Well, the football is coming thick and fast now – Ligue 2, the Trophee des Champions, National, Ligue 1, that weirdly-arranged friendly between Napoli and PSG, and now…the cup! The league cup, that is (the Coupe de France is currently in regional preliminary mode before the 3rd round proper in mid-September) and it’s as confusingly organised as ever. As professional status stops part of the way down the third tier, the first round is often made…

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Coupe de la Ligue : Review and Draw

Coupe de la Ligue : Review and Draw

The huitiemes are done, and there were some great matches to enjoy. Our predictions were half-right, as ever, but you can watch highlights and check out who has who in the next round below. Nantes v Auxerre Prediction: Auxerre win, narrowly, in a hopefully high-scoring encounter. Let’s say 3-2. Result : Nantes 1 – 0 Auxerre Goal-machine Fernando Aristeguieta broke the deadlock with fifteen minutes left and got the only goal in what had until then…

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