Marseille Striker Linked With Summer Move to Southampton

Marseille Striker Linked With Summer Move to Southampton

Out of contract at the end of the season, Andre-Pierre Gignac is a wanted man across Europe. His form may have dipped since the opening 10 games of the season, but as a free transfer, there is little doubt he is a man in demand. Monday’s Daily Mirror suggests that he is a target for Ronald Koeman’s Southampton this summer. Gignac has scored 14 goals in 24 games, which on paper is a fantastic return,…

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Lopes Masterclass Helps Keep Lyon Top #FFWTOTW

Lopes Masterclass Helps Keep Lyon Top #FFWTOTW

So often in recent weeks, the headline match of the weekend has disappointed. Not so this week. Lyon vs PSG on Sunday night matched all expectations, with practically everyone on the pitch in good form and contributing to an excellent match. In the first half PSG had most of the ball but Lyon looked the more dangerous and took the lead. PSG dominated possession more productively in the second half and certainly deserved something from…

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Arsenal Linked With Summer Move for Paris Saint-Germain Lynch-pin

Arsenal Linked With Summer Move for Paris Saint-Germain Lynch-pin

You would think that with the closing of the transfer window we would get a few weeks reprieve of transfer stories….don’t be silly. Sunday’s big story was in the Daily Star, suggesting that Arsenal had been told that it would cost £40 million to sign Italian international Marco Verratti. There is no doubt that Verratti is a superb midfielder, and if you are looking to build a world class midfield, he is the ideal lynch-pin…

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Olympique Lyonnais v Paris Saint-Germain: Preview – Week 24

Olympique Lyonnais v Paris Saint-Germain: Preview – Week 24

Without doubt, this is one of the biggest games in Ligue 1 over the past few seasons. Last season Paris Saint-Germain versus Monaco came too early to really build up the hype, and then the second game was after PSG had pulled away. On Sunday night, PSG travel to the Stade Gerland to face league leaders Lyon in what could be the most important game this season. It won’t decide the title, but it could…

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OGC Nice v FC Nantes: Preview – Week 24

OGC Nice v FC Nantes: Preview – Week 24

Claude Puel’s Nice are enjoying a rich vein of form in recent weeks, they have won 10 of the last 12 points available, taking them up to eighth with 32 points. On Sunday, their opponents also have 32 points, but they are on the way down. Les Canaris have failed to win any of their last four games, and they now have the second worst goal scoring record in the league. For a team out…

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EA Guingamp v AS Monaco: Preview – Week 24

EA Guingamp v AS Monaco: Preview – Week 24

Results have gone their way, and Monaco knows that over Guingamp at the Stade Roudourou would take them above Saint-Etienne and into fourth. It won’t be easy, despite sitting down in 12th, the Breton side have only lost one of their last six league games. Sunday afternoon will see Ligue 1’s in form defence take on one of France’s red-hot strikers. Claudio Beauvue has scored six goals in his last five games, including that stunning…

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Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

One of the most interesting moves of the January transfer window was the loan of Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos from Monaco to Marseille – particularly when it looked like it might not happen. How ironic that he would go on to save Marseille’s blushes this weekend. With the clubs in agreement, somebody pointed out that Monaco had made too many loans already. According to LFP Regulations (article 266), teams can only have seven players out on…

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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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