Preview : AS Saint-Etienne v FSV Mainz – Europa League

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Game 5 in Group C sees some jockeying for position as Saint-Etienne welcome Mainz while Anderlecht, also on eight points, travel to Gabala. ASSE are ninth in Ligue 1 and have pretty much the same form across both competitions they are in with 2 points per game, although are mildly more successful in front of both goals in Europe (scoring five and […]

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Preview : FC Schalke v OGC Nice – Europa League

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Ah, Nice. Still top of Ligue 1 after a 1-0 away win at Saint-Etienne at the weekend, albeit no longer unbeaten after losing by the same margin at Caen the game before. Consistently exciting and inventive, they are a joy to watch. And so far, absolutely terrible in Europe. Nice sit bottom of the group with a solitary win (1-0 away at […]

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Preview : OGC Nice v Red Bull Salzburg – Europa League

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Group I is shaping up as if Nice have had bigger things on their minds recently. Schalke are top with 9 and welcome FK Krasnodar (6); Nice (3) welcome point-less Salzburg whom they beat 1-0 in Austria through an early strike from Alassane Plea. Lucien Favre is, of course, insisting that this is their only focus – before what looks a very […]

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Preview : Gabala v Saint Etienne – Europa League

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Saint-Etienne are lying seventh in Ligue 1 after a creditable 1-1 draw against Monaco at the weekend, and will be away at Metz on Sunday. They are also in and around in the Europa League standings, as Group C sees a confused mess of trying to rank teams with the same points, as three teams have five, two the same goal […]

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Preview : AS Saint-Etienne v Gabala FC

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While Mainz and Anderlecht slug it out elsewhere in Group C, Saint-Etienne will hope that they can continue the Europa league trend of putting three past Gabala, to stay in contention for progression from the group. Les Verts are ninth in Ligue 1 and looking more than a little patchy at times, with a defence made up of twigs, string and defensive […]

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Preview : Red Bull Salzburg v OGC Nice – Europa League

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Thursday evening’s early sitting features a clash between two teams unexpectedly in search of their first points in the Europa League this season. Both Austria’s double-holders from 2015/16 and Ligue 1’s current leaders have had a shaky start to European competition. Salzburg’s campaign started some time ago, as they went into the second qualifying round of the Champions League, back […]

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Preview : Saint-Etienne v Anderlecht – Europa League

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Saint-Etienne welcome Anderlecht to the Geoffroy-Guichard in something of a pickle. They got a point from their first game, away at Mainz, thanks to a late equaliser from Robert Beric, in a fairly level game. A creditable away point, therefore, and now a slightly sterner test; and not just due to the nature of the opposition. Christophe Galtier has fairly frequent […]

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Preview : Krasnodar v Nice – Europa League

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Nice are riding high in Ligue 1 at the moment, but had a difficult evening of it when Schalke visited the Allianz Riviera, the visitors getting twenty shots off in their 1-0 win. Now les Aiglons face an archetypal tricky away trip, 3,000 km away in Krasnodar, in search of points. Founded only in 2008, FCK are currently sixth in the Premier League […]

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