PSG Stunned by Lyon in First Defeat of Ligue 1 Season


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

Stambouli Montpellier-Lille

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

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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Montanier Rolls Out of Rennes – Rolland Courbis Fills in


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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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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