Preview : Nice v Schalke – Europa League

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Nice are having a fine start to the Ligue 1 season, unbeaten after four games, and come into this match off the back of a highly enjoyable 3-2 win over Marseille on Sunday. It felt a little ‘all change’ at the club over the summer as last season’s top-scorers Valere Germain and Hatem Ben Arfa departed, as well as midfield fulcrum Nampalys Mendy […]

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Can 2016 Finally Prove a Vintage Year for Bordeaux?

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Antony Carey is a long-suffering fan of Girondins de Bordeaux, but this season, after their early displays, it seems this new-look team has got him and the Bordelais a little bit excited. It’s been a rough few seasons for fans of Les Girondins but after watching the 3-1 demolition of Lyon at Parc OL, a little voice in the back […]

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Preview : Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb – Champions League

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Having conceded seven goals in their last two league matches, it would be a bit of an understatement to say that Lyon are a club in flux. After comprehensive defeats of Nancy and Caen to start the season, last year’s runners-up have dropped six points and seem to be riddled with problems. A perfect storm of injuries and poor form have […]

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Preview : Tottenham v Monaco – Champions League

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When Monaco were last in the Champions’ League proper, in 2014-15, they qualified directly by finishing second in Ligue 1. In this edition, it took a pair of playoff rounds, and some might have it that they were lucky with regards to their opponents. Both Fenerbahce and Villarreal could be considered favorable draws; both were hit hard by injuries and suspensions, making […]

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Preview: PSG v Arsenal – Champions League

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Even though it feels like Paris Saint-Germain has played Chelsea around 100 times in the last few seasons, Tuesday’s game with Arsenal is only the first competitive meeting between these two clubs in 22 years. Arsenal beat PSG 2-1 on aggregate, winning 1-0 at Highbury, to advance to the final of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. Now, the […]

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Ligue 1 Betting: Week 4 – Nice v Marseille, Lille v Monaco, Lyon v Bordeaux

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Every weekend the FFW team of Andrew, Jeremy, Philippa and Rich will each pick a game where they believe both teams will score, and an anytime scorer. SPONSORS….THIS COULD BE YOUR FEATURE Let’s look at how the team did in Week 3 – hint: it wasn’t very good. Bordeaux beat Nantes 1-0, so Andrew lost that one. Jez and Rich […]

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FC Metz Need to Cohade or Go Home

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As promotion celebrations go, you’d be hard-pushed to find more muted: Metz had secured the final promotion slot to return to Ligue 1, but only after a disastrous night during which Le Havre overhauled a three point and six goal deficit, beating Bourg-en-Bresse 5-0, leaving Metz hanging on to a flattering 1-0 loss at Lens. Philippe Hischberger’s men were going […]

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Adama Diakhaby: Replacing the Irreplaceable at Rennes

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I’ve been asked a couple of times this summer who the next Ousmane Dembele might be. To answer that is very difficult as it’s easy to forget that the former flying Rennes forward has only been playing professional football for ten months. Unearthing an heir apparent after that short a space of time would take some doing! Benefitting from one […]

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