Le50 2016: Morgan Sanson: Montpellier HSC

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Now in his third season in Montpellier after what must be one of La Paillade’s best bargain buys when they paid just €700k for the young midfielder from financially-troubled Le Mans, Morgan Sanson is a wonderful player whose promise has been frustratingly impacted by injury recently. Initially bought in as cover for Remy Cabella, rumoured to be departing in summer […]

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Le50 2016: Ramy Bensebaini – Montpellier HSC

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Montpellier’s budgetary constraints mean that their transfer policy can often be a little left-field, so acquiring a 20-year-old central defender on loan from a second-division Algerian side, and who had spent the previous season on loan getting relegated in Belgium, is pretty characteristic. Ramy Bensebaini had joined the Paradou AC / JMG Academy when it opened in 2007, before moving […]

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Montpellier v Lyon: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 33

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This weekend’s fixtures open with a match between Montpellier and Lyon at the Stade de la Mosson. It’s a capital match for both teams for differing reasons and has the added attraction that they both welcome back returning heroes. Montpellier have been battling around the bottom quarter of the table all season and – despite only three defeats in 10 matches […]

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Montpellier HSC v OGC Nice : Week 30 Ligue 1 Preview

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Eight points and eleven places separate these two teams, but recent form has Montpellier in better shape as the Nice goal-wave abates, and this is quite a tricky one to call. Their seasons could not have started more differently: while Montpellier spent the first ten games accumulating just five points and six goals, and getting mired in the relegation zone, Nice were fifth with 17 […]

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PSG Stunned by Lyon in First Defeat of Ligue 1 Season

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They’ve done it, they’ve finally done it…that’s right, Stade de Reims scored four goals in a game for the first time since the end of August. Oh! You thought I meant Paris Saint-Germain finally losing to Lyon – ok, that was better. Let’s start at the Stade des Lumières. Lyon, with a whole host of players missing through injury and […]

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Leicester City Following in Montpellier’s Footsteps Despite Arsenal Defeat

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Leicester City suffered a slight wobble in their fairytale Premier League campaign, losing 2-1 to Arsenal at the weekend. They are still top of the table, but now only two points clear of Spurs and Arsenal. During their run, parallels have been drawn with Montpellier’s title win in the 2011/12 season; there are similarities between the two underdogs’ unexpected success, but […]

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Ligue 1: Week 26 – Previews and Predictions

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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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Montanier Rolls Out of Rennes – Rolland Courbis Fills in

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The stadium may have been renamed and had a lick of paint but there’s been very little fresh about the performances Rennes have been putting in this season. Yet another tame, limp and disappointing defeat at home, this time to Ligue 2 Bourg en Bresse in the Coupe de France, resulted in club President Rene Ruello finally putting under-pressure coach […]

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