Preview: Mainz v Saint-Etienne – Europa League

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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

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

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Tonight sees Saint-Etienne in action in the Europa league play-offs, with a potentially tricky trip away to Beitar Jerusalem, third in last season’s Israeli Premier League. After a grand total of one goal was scored in ASSE’s third round qualifying ties against AEK Athens (Robert Beric), the usual binary results seemed to be back, but then the first game of the new Ligue […]

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Preview: Qabala v Lille – Europa League Qualifying

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The first leg of the third qualifying round for the Europa League (where, apart from anything else, you can find your Game of Thrones name by just sticking a pin in the schedule) was as underwhelming as we’d feared – two home draws. Lille and Saint Etienne both head off on tricky away trips with a deal left to do. […]

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Preview: AEK Athens v Saint-Etienne – Europa League Qualifying

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Europa League third round qualifying hits its second marker with the French teams, Lille and Saint-Etienne, not in the best of shape. Their matches this time will overlap, as the chaotic nature of the early rounds means that there are *twelve* different kick-off times this Thursday, which is probably some form of record. On the actual pitch, a goalless first leg was underwhelming, […]

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Preview: AS Saint-Etienne v AEK Athens – Europa League Qualifying

ASSE Hamouma

Saint-Etienne get back into the competitive swing of things with a third-round qualifying home tie against Greek Superleague side AEK Athens, who are making their first European appearance since 2011/12. ASSE will be hoping that this campaign is more like last year’s creditable round of 32 appearance than their two previous efforts, coming bottom of their group in 2014/15 and failing to qualify […]

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Preview: Lille OSC v FK Qabala – Europa League Qualifying

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Opinions are mixed in Lille right now, fans are somewhat happy, apprehensive and some just plain confused. All that goes out the window on Thursday when the action turns to the pitch – not their normal pitch – as they take on Azerbaijani side FK Qabala in the first leg of their Europa League third round qualifying tie. Due to […]

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