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

Beric

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

LOSC v Qabala crop

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

ASSe v AEK crop

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

LOSC

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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Ligue 1: The Battle for Europe

EUROPE

PSG secured their fourth consecutive title last month, so as they motor gently onwards, unencumbered by any distractions, focus turns to the battle for who will join them in Europe next season. This is slightly complicated by the fact that PSG could also win the Coupe de France, so at this point it’s not clear if sixth in the league […]

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FC Basel v Saint-Etienne: Europa League Preview

ASSEBasel

After the first leg of the first knock-out round, despite very different home results, both French teams have managed to set up tricky propositions for themselves in their respective away trips. While Saint-Etienne only need a draw, it looks like they will have to score against Basel after winning 3-2 in a fairly chaotic match at the Geoffroy-Guichard. They come into […]

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