Ligue 1 PREVIEW: Nice v Saint-Etienne – Week 37


In a crucial tie to determine the Europa League places, fourth-place Saint-Etienne travel to fifth-place Nice, with only a point between them. With ASSE then facing Lille (sixth, only one point further back) in the final game, holding onto their current ranking could be a difficult proposition; LOSC play Guingamp this round, and in a neat coincidence EAG host Nice in the final […]

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Ligue 1: The Battle for 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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Le50 2016: Neal Maupay – AS Saint-Etienne


It seems just like yesterday that Neal Maupay was a 16-year-old forward jumping onto the Ligue 1 stage, giving France fans a reason to get excited. This is his fifth season as a Ligue 1 player, from his debut season for OGC Nice, playing nine games – just three starts – and scoring three goals, to this season, one full […]

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Saint-Etienne v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de France Preview


The grand choc of the quarter-finals sees six-time winners Saint-Etienne hosting nine-time winners and current holders Paris Saint-Germain. Les Verts haven’t had the smoothest ride to this stage and are yet to finish a match inside the traditional 90 minutes. The edgiest match was the first one, against CFA2’s Raon L’Etape, which went to penalties after a 1-1 draw, Stephane Ruffier the […]

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FC Basel v Saint-Etienne: Europa League Preview


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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Ligue 1: Week 27 – Previews and Predictions


After a week in which Ligue 1’s footballers have shown some spectacularly bad judgement on social media (Aurier), on the road (Ongenda) and at the barber’s (Alessandrini) it’s a relief to see them back to what they do best. The weekend opens with Bordeaux looking to avenge their 6-1 defeat to Nice earlier in the season and we also have […]

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Europa Preview – Flying the Other Flags

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Thursday sees two French teams competing for European success and to help out on the coefficient front. In a neat twist, they will also play each other in Ligue 1 on Sunday, as Marseille try to do something – again – about their home form, with no league wins at the Velodrome since September, and Saint-Etienne look to keep challenging for a podium finish. […]

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Ligue 1: Week 26 – Previews and Predictions

Nice OM

This weekend in Ligue 1 showcases a crucial set of matches to determine who finishes in the European places this season. Monaco travel to Saint-Etienne with a chance to create a nine-point gap between them and their opponents. Marseille can close in on third-placed Nice with a victory at the Allianz Riviera, plus Angers and Rennes will look to keep their […]

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