FC Lorient v Olympique Lyonnais: Preview – Week 25

FC Lorient v Olympique Lyonnais: Preview – Week 25

The final match of this weekend has the feel of a must-win match for both Lorient and Lyon. Whilst a Lyon win would put them four points clear at the top after Marseille and PSG could only manage draws, les Merlus are now only one point and one place above the relegation zone, and could urgently do with a little breathing space. Despite their plight, Lorient’s recent from is not too bad: after four straight defeats around…

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Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Before the season is out there will be many games in Ligue 1 deemed “must wins” for sides up and down the table, but Saturday afternoon’s meeting between Rennes and Marseille brings up a clash where neither side can really afford to go away without any points. There is a gaping hole somewhere in Philippe Montanier’s sinking ship, and unless he can find it, their hopes of playing in Europe next season are going to…

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Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the Stade Velodrome this weekend and try to forget about their terrible away record. Evian have conceded 25 goals away from home, have only won twice and have no draws to show for their troubles. Evian have a history of turning up and putting in performances when you least expect it – just ask PSG – but it would be a shock if OM didn’t come away with a victory…

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Coupe de France Preview: US Avranches v FC Lorient

Another potential Coupe de France shock could come on Saturday evening at Stade Rene Fenouillere where Championnat National side l’Union Sportive Avranches Mont Saint Michel welcome Ligue 1 outfit FC Lorient to Lower Normandy. The Manche-based home side made it into the round of 64 thanks to a 6-1 mauling of Jumeaux De M Zoisia, before seeing off US Matoury 1-0 on the road. Avranches are newcomers to the third tier this season, having earned…

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The Mounting Troubles Facing FC Lorient This Season

The Mounting Troubles Facing FC Lorient This Season

The end of the 2013-14 season saw another successful campaign for FC Lorient. It was another top 10 finish under long time manager Christian Gourcuff. Using a fluid 4-4-2 formation they finished with the seventh best goal scoring record in Ligue 1, which was made possible by the wonderful form of summer signing Vincent Aboubakar. The Cameroon striker was a revived man under Gourcuff. His time at Valenciennes had ended with nothing short of a…

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Bruno Ecuele Manga leaves FC Lorient to become Cardiff City’s warrior

Bruno Ecuele Manga leaves FC Lorient to become Cardiff City’s warrior

After four years of leading the defensive line at FC Lorient, Gabon international Bruno Ecuele Manga has left for pastures new, making the trip across the channel to join Championship side Cardiff City. It will surprise many on-lookers that the 25-year-old centre-back has opted to move to England’s second division, rather than waiting for a Premier League club to declare their interest, but full credit has to go to the Welsh side for securing a…

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Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Every week FFW will bring you Five reasons to watch Ligue 1 this weekend. Return of the Mak The early game on Saturday afternoon sees new Bastia manager Claude  Makelele return to Paris to take on champions PSG. When Makelele left Chelsea in 2008 he joined PSG and played with the Parisians for three seasons. Upon retirement he was offered a job as the assistant manager under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, a role he accepted…

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2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

It’s here! We are only days away from the start of the 2014/15 Ligue 1 season. This is set to be one of the best seasons in recent years. Paris Saint-Germain may be miles away from the competition, but it’s the 19 teams behind the champions that will scrap for the other accolades in France’s top division. There are loads of questions to be answered: Can the challengers close the gap on Monaco? Will this…

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