Coupe de France Preview: Grenoble Foot 38 v Olympique de Marseille

Nothing like a cup tie between two league leaders to whet the appetite ahead of the Coupe de France’s round of 64 fixtures on the first weekend of the new year. CFA leaders Grenoble take on Ligue 1 surprise leaders Olympique de Marseille at the Stade des Alpes in what will promise to be an exciting, if not chilly fixture in the mountain region. Marcelo Bielsa may want to decide on sitting on something other…

Read More

Coupe de France Preview: RC Lens v Olympique Lyonnais

In one of only a handful of all-Ligue 1 fixtures, Lens play host to Lyon. The match sees one of Ligue 1’s more unlucky teams up against arguably the most in-form team in the division. On paper this should be a fairly straightforward victory for the away team. It’s not been the return to Ligue 1 that Lens would have wanted so far this season. Faced with having to play their home games in Amiens…

Read More

Coupe de France Preview: Nimes Olympique v AS Monaco

The last time Monaco went to le Stade de Costieres they came away with a late winner and promotion back to Ligue 1 following their two seasons’ purgatory in Ligue 2, to go with their large injection of cash. Ibrahima Touré’s 94th minute header was the only goal of the game that sent the 472 away Monaco fans wild. Monaco’s upward trajectory continued into last season with a second place finish and Champions League qualification…

Read More

Coupe de France Preview: US Avranches v FC Lorient

Another potential Coupe de France shock could come on Saturday evening at Stade Rene Fenouillere where Championnat National side l’Union Sportive Avranches Mont Saint Michel welcome Ligue 1 outfit FC Lorient to Lower Normandy. The Manche-based home side made it into the round of 64 thanks to a 6-1 mauling of Jumeaux De M Zoisia, before seeing off US Matoury 1-0 on the road. Avranches are newcomers to the third tier this season, having earned…

Read More

Coupe de France Preview: AF Bobigny v Evian Thonon Gaillard

There is a potential giant-killing on the cards on Saturday afternoon when one of the lowest-ranked teams in the Coupe de France, Academie Football Bobigny, host Ligue 1 outfit Evian Thonon Gaillard in the northeastern suburbs of Paris. The hosts ply their trade in the regional (Division d’Honneur) Ligue Paris Ile-de-France in the Seine Saint-Denis district and the game will be played at Stade Auguste Delaune, not to be confused with Stade de Reims’ stadium…

Read More

Coupe de France Preview: SM Caen v Dijon FCO

This is a Ligue 1 vs Ligue 2 clash, but in reality only two places separate the teams. Caen are rock bottom of L1, whilst Dijon are nicely situated just behind Troyes at the summit of L2. It would therefore be understandable if both sides took their eye off the ball a bit in this fixture because league matters seem to be far more important. For Caen, it’s been a very frustrating season because many…

Read More

Coupe de France Preview: Valenciennes v OGC Nice

After a troublesome summer during which Valenciennes’ financial situation found them briefly facing the very real possibility of dropping into the CFA and thus losing their professional status, it must have been a relief to the club to start the season in Ligue 2. Relief quickly turned to horror, however, when they went out of the Coupe de la Ligue with barely a whimper and, by the end of Week 7, were rock bottom of…

Read More

Coupe de France Preview: Girondins de Bordeaux v Toulouse FC

As the winter break comes to an end French football returns with the Coupe de France. The Ligue 1 teams are now in the competition and given how Guingamp surprised everyone last season, both Bordeaux and Toulouse will be feeling confident of a cup run this season. The home side enjoyed an excellent start to the Ligue 1 campaign, with many hailing new manager Willy Sagnol as a genius but recently the rookie manager has…

Read More
1 13 14 15 16 17 106