Nice v Rennes: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 33

HBA v Dembele

Sunday afternoon sees a very promising match as Nice in sixth on 50 points welcome Rennes in fourth on 51. Both teams are high-scoring, but not particularly defensively solid, so the prospects are good for there to be goals in this. When they met in the first half of the season, Nice were on a highly enjoyable run of form that had […]

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Toulouse v Bastia: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 33

TFC v GDB

Whisper it but Toulouse are giving themselves a chance at making an almost unforeseen escape from relegation. It was only a few weeks ago that many, including this writer, were condemning Toulouse to the drop. To their credit, since the arrival of Pascal Dupraz, new life seems to have been injected into the side. A draw away to Marseille was […]

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Montpellier v Lyon: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 33

MHSCOL

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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Monaco v Bordeaux: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 32

ASMBordeaux

Leonardo Jardim must hate the international calendar, one thing he would not have wanted was a disruption after his team valiantly defeated Paris Saint-Germain 10 days ago at the Parc des Princes. On Friday night, they take on a Girondins de Bordeaux side that would have been desperate of any type of break, just something to slow down their slump. […]

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Marseille v Rennes: Ligue 1 Preview: Week 31

Rennes OM

Friday night, under the bright lights of the Stade Velodrome. It should be a celebration, 70,000 Marseillais packed into the brand new stadium to watch their club take on Stade Rennais…sadly, what we are going to get instead is around 35,000 die-hard fans, hoping, praying and begging their club to put in a performance and hopefully end their terrible run […]

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Episode 168: What Would Zlatan Do?

Episode 168

Welcome to the FFW Podcast! Rich is back for this week’s podcast and the team discuss Paris Saint-Germain’s title victory and the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. After the predictable 9-0 win over Troyes, the quality of Ligue 1 was questioned but that was blown away by Rennes and Lyon’s excellent 2-2 draw. Young stars, Ousmane Dembélé and Maxwel Cornet were […]

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Freed Willy: What Went Wrong for Sagnol at Bordeaux

Sagnol

At half-time of Willy Sagnol’s second match in charge of Bordeaux, at home to Monaco, his team were trailing 1-0 and fortunate to be only a goal down after a poor display. A technical switch after the break transformed the match and Bordeaux ran out 4-1 winners. Sagnol was lauded for his tactical nous and flexibility, but amidst the euphoria […]

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