Coupe de France Preview: SC Bastia v Lille OSC

Saturday’s marquee game in the Coupe de France has the potential to be a relative shock. Lille may be the bigger name in the competition, but although six places separate the two Ligue 1 sides, there are only three points between them. Lille have won two of the last three meetings at the Stade Armand Cesari, but the sides drew 1-1 the last time they met in May. Times have changed massively since they last played and both…

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Coupe de France Preview – Montpellier v PSG

When this fixture was drawn out of the hat, it may have put something of a spanner in Laurent Blanc’s selection plans for the new year. PSG have six fixtures in January, including both cups, and five in February, including the Champions League, with the possibility of another in January and two more in February depending how their cup runs go. That could mean 14 games in eight weeks, so getting another Ligue 1 team…

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Romain Reigns as Saint-Etienne Sink Evian #FFWTOTW

Romain Reigns as Saint-Etienne Sink Evian #FFWTOTW

Congratulations to Marseille, who are champions d’automne after their 2-1 win over Lille at a partying Vélodrome. Michy Batshuayi, tipped by many to be the season’s revelation but only receiving his first Ligue 1 start this weekend, scored the winner with a great turn and finish – perhaps a good omen for les Phocéens, going into the second half of the season. Some of the pressure to finish 2014 top was taken off Marcelo Bielsa’s…

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PREVIEW: Bordeaux v Lyon – Ligue 1 Week 19

PREVIEW: Bordeaux v Lyon – Ligue 1 Week 19

Only a few years have passed since this fixture was between two sides fighting for a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League. After some ups and downs on both sides, both Bordeaux and Lyon are enjoying new eras under new management. After suffering their worst ever start to a Ligue 1 season, Lyon’s recent form and the goals of Alexandre Lacazette mean that Lyon are genuine title contenders once again. Bordeaux’s campaign has…

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PREVIEW: Saint-Etienne v Evian Thonon Gaillard – Week 19

PREVIEW: Saint-Etienne v Evian Thonon Gaillard – Week 19

Christophe Galtier’s Saint-Etienne side will try and end the year on a year, avoiding defeat against Evian will see them unbeaten in the last six games and potentially four points clear of AS Monaco in fourth place. It will be difficult for Les Verts to mount an attack on the top three, but with no Europa League football in the New Year, it’s not unthinkable. Victory over Evian at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard would be the…

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PREVIEW: Marseille v Lille – Week 19

PREVIEW: Marseille v Lille – Week 19

On Sunday afternoon Marseille finish 2014 with an amazing opportunity to finish as Ligue 1’s Autumn champions. Something that 12 months ago would have seemed almost impossible. With Paris Saint-Germain drawing 0-0 with Montpellier on Saturday night, OM is on the same points going into Sunday’s game against Lille, and only a two-goal defeat would see Marseille fail to stay above the Parisians. Lyon play Bordeaux in the late game and could leap frog both…

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PREVIEW: Paris Saint-Germain v Montpellier – Week 19

PREVIEW: Paris Saint-Germain v Montpellier – Week 19

It wasn’t too long ago that this was a match at the top of the table. There’s no surprise that Paris Saint-Germain are at the top, but Montpellier are enjoying a different life in mid-table. Le Paillade is one of the quintessential typically inconsistent sides in Ligue 1. Beat Rennes 4-0, but then lose a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 with a team in the relegation zone. If you are a Montpellier fan with hair…

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PREVIEW: RC Lens v OGC Nice – Week 19

PREVIEW: RC Lens v OGC Nice – Week 19

Things are looking slightly up for RC Lens this week. An investment of €2.5 million into the club means they have been granted permission to sign players in January. Also, two points in their last two games has given them a slight chance to escape the relegation zone before the winter break. Friday’s test against Nice will be tough, however. Claude Puel’s side may have struggled at home, but on the road they have impressed. Les Aiglons…

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