Preview : Bayer Leverkusen v AS Monaco – Champions League

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Monaco travel to the BayArena this evening in the very definition of a dead rubber. Both teams are assured of progression, but they are also locked into their respective places in the table. It was an unlikely outcome given the presence of Tottenham Hotspur in their group, but both have displayed an impressive proclivity for playing on the counter. While Bayer […]

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Preview : Olympique Lyonnais v Sevilla – Champions League

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Lyon welcome Sevilla in a match where qualification for the knock-out stages is still possible, the hosts needing to win by two goals to progress. Lyon’s trip to Metz at the weekend was never supposed to be the maelstrom of distraction that it became. Bruno Genesio had put out a rotated side, with Corentin Tolisso, Nabil Fekir and in-form Mathieu Valbuena all […]

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FC Nantes: Goalless and now Coachless

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You cannot spell slaughter without laughter. Both were in evidence in spades Wednesday night at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes. The slaughter took place on the pitch as Olympique Lyonnais inflicted a historic 6-0 defeat on their hosts. The laughter was down to the enormous amount of gallows humour on show in the stands, particularly during the second […]

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Preview : AS Saint-Etienne v FSV Mainz – Europa League

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Game 5 in Group C sees some jockeying for position as Saint-Etienne welcome Mainz while Anderlecht, also on eight points, travel to Gabala. ASSE are ninth in Ligue 1 and have pretty much the same form across both competitions they are in with 2 points per game, although are mildly more successful in front of both goals in Europe (scoring five and […]

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Preview : FC Schalke v OGC Nice – Europa League

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Ah, Nice. Still top of Ligue 1 after a 1-0 away win at Saint-Etienne at the weekend, albeit no longer unbeaten after losing by the same margin at Caen the game before. Consistently exciting and inventive, they are a joy to watch. And so far, absolutely terrible in Europe. Nice sit bottom of the group with a solitary win (1-0 away at […]

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Preview : AS Monaco v Tottenham Hotspur – Champions League

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In a surprising turn of events, Group E in this year’s Champions League has the potential to be decided not in the final round of matches but in today’s encounters. If Bayer Leverkusen win at CSKA Moscow, Monaco need only a point at home against Tottenham Hotspur to eliminate the English side. Rather than taking the result as yet another […]

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Preview : Dinamo Zagreb v Olympique Lyonnais – Champions League

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Lyon have slowly but surely started to round into form domestically, following an ugly 3-1 loss to Guingamp with three successive wins over Toulouse, Bastia and Lille. Their attack is still yet to click as it has in the past, but in young defenders Mouctar Diakhaby and Emanuel Mammana, the club’s back line is beginning to look more solid. The […]

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Monaco – Let Them Entertain You

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You can keep your “MSNs” and “BBCs”; for sheer goalscoring entertainment, you would struggle to improve upon the likes of FML down in the glitz and glamour of Monaco. For Messrs Radamel Falcao, Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, it’s been goals galore so far this season. Across the top five leagues in Europe, Monaco currently stand alone as the most […]

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