Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week Three

Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week Three

Normal service has already resumed, and it’s only the second week. Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 win over Gazelec Ajaccio on Sunday night saw Laurent Blanc’s side take top spot; the other teams are now playing catch-up. by @Gibney_A Montpellier v PSG: Friday 19:30 The Parisians travel south on Friday night for what is usually a tough test at the Stade de la Mosson, but they arrive taking on a Montpellier side that start the weekend rock…

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Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week Two

Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week Two

The new season is underway, and the first weekend may have been more sparklers than fireworks, but it did show that Ligue 1 will be as unpredictable as always. Games are as hard to call as always, and it will take a few weeks until we see any patterns emerging. This weekend’s games see Lyon and Marseille face tough away tests and the newly-promoted Gazelec Ajaccio fed to the Parc des Princes lions. By @Gibney_A Monaco…

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Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week One

Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week One

Ligue 1 is back! After a short break and various pre-season tours, the top division in France returns on Friday and although the title looks like an obvious procession back to the capital, it is the excitement that comes below that will keep you tuning in. Each week, the FFW team will preview the three biggest games of the weekend and then provide you with predictions to help you decide who is going to win each…

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Who is Sehrou Guirassy? The Fox Catches His Newest Dogue

Who is Sehrou Guirassy? The Fox Catches His Newest Dogue

The Hervé Renard-era is now officially here and the charismatic coach has been quick to make his mark on his new team by buying and selling within the current transfer window. The former Sochaux boss has obviously learned from the success of one of Lille’s best pieces of business last year, by returning to Ligue 2 to source his latest transfer target. Before his January move to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Sofiane Boufal stood out as…

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Exclusive: Liverpool Target Simon Kjaer In No Rush to Move

Exclusive: Liverpool Target Simon Kjaer In No Rush to Move

Although the Ligue 1 season is over, many of the players are still on international duty before they can have a well-deserved break. Lille OSC’s Danish centre-back, Simon Kjaer, spoke to French Football Weekly before facing a double header with Denmark this week: “I am fit again after the injury that kept me out of our last game in Metz and ready to play both games for Denmark.” Finishing in eighth place and out of…

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Lille OSC v RC Lens: The Must-Win Derby du Nord

Lille OSC v RC Lens: The Must-Win Derby du Nord

In the Lille suburb of Villeneuve d’Ascq, the summer sun glistened through the trees at the Stade Lille Metropole on a warm Sunday evening in August 2006. Not since 1994 had the Derby du Nord been played so early in the season, and with both teams starting with a victory, defeat for either RC Lens or Lille OSC could spell disaster to the entire campaign. 90 minutes later and Lille had blown their bitter rivals…

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Adama Traore: Lille’s Malian Midfielder with a Huge Future

Adama Traore: Lille’s Malian Midfielder with a Huge Future

With Lille’s squad stretched by a heavy autumnal fixture list, Rene Girard had few options but to throw young Adama Traoré into a starting berth away at Lyon. The match was lost 0-3 and les Dogues were abject, but this decision to toss the Malian academy graduate in at the deep end looks like it will bear fruit for the northern club. Lille scouts spotted Traoré playing at the Academy Jean-Marc Guillou in Mali’s capital,…

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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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