Aston Villa Looking to Montpellier for Defensive Answers


With his contract up at the end of June, Aston Villa are apparently interested in Montpellier defender, Daniel Congre says French newspaper L’Equipe on Friday morning. The 30-year-old was signed from Toulouse after La Paillade lifted the Ligue 1 trophy in 2012, but has had to endure patches of good and bad form since arriving. He is most comfortable playing as […]

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Ligue 1: Week 17 – Previews + Predictions


It’s a quick turnaround here in Ligue 1, and even the TV commentary team last night got confused what round they were talking about as Marseille beat Rennes 1-0 to finish up round 16. After the goal-fest last weekend (35), the midweek action saw the lowest scoring round so far this season, with only 13 scored, and a massive zero goals […]

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Preview: Ligue 1 – Week 7


The first mid-week set of fixtures this season sees Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the table take on in-form Guingamp. Angers and Reims do battle in the top six, Rennes take their quick start to Corsica and both Lille and Nantes get an extra few days off because of the Eurobasket at Stade Pierre Mauroy.   SCO Angers v […]

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Montpellier: La Paillade Have Some Concerns


Five games in might be a bit early to be gauging how a season is going, but when it’s going this badly, it’s difficult not to. Montpellier have a solitary point from a goalless draw away at newly-promoted Troyes, and scored their first goal of the season in injury time in Week Five, at home to Saint-Etienne. By then, 2-0 down, […]

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Preview: Ligue 1 – Week Five


Ligue 1 is back after the international break and everyone is hoping that someone can stop the Paris Saint-Germain juggernaut. Stade de Reims, Stade Rennais and Angers try to continue their good starts, while Montpellier and Gazelec are just looking to find the back of the net. by @Gibney_A Olympique Lyonnais v Lille OSC: Saturday 16:00 Saturday afternoon sees Hervé Renard and Lille […]

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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 […]

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Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016


The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to […]

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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 […]

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