Ligue 1: Week 17 – Previews + Predictions

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It’s a quick turnaround here in Ligue 1, and even the TV commentary team last night got confused what round they were talking about as Marseille beat Rennes 1-0 to finish up round 16. After the goal-fest last weekend (35), the midweek action saw the lowest scoring round so far this season, with only 13 scored, and a massive zero goals […]

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The Dogues Days Are Far From Over For Frederic Antonetti

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Just as Lille try to settle into life under new coach Frederic Antonetti, they welcome Saint-Etienne to the North of France on Wednesday evening. They couldn’t beat bottom of the table Troyes, struggled to create anything against stubborn Angers, now they will look to pick up a vital three points while experiencing one of their worst runs of form over the last […]

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Ligue 1: Week 16 – Preview + Predictions

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Paris Saint-Germain remain top, already crowned Autumn champions – like that is an actual thing! Below the Parisians is where all the action is. Angers were second briefly, until SM Caen beat struggling Bordeaux on Sunday. Nice continued their Jeykll & Hyde impression: reduced to 10-men, they lost to a Toulouse side looking to find a new, younger identity. Walking […]

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Euroundup 5 : Two In, Two Out, Two Shaken All About

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It’s the business end of the European competitions, and some places, for good and bad, are already confirmed. The French teams’ bilan is now two through, two out, and two TBC, with one looking slightly more likely than the other. Champions League PSG are through after a 5-0 trouncing of Malmo, led by supply captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, returning to where it […]

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Gazelec Minnows Keeping the Ligue 1 Fairytale Alive

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To paraphrase an old cliché, Ligue 1 victories are like London buses – you wait 105 years for one, and then four come along at once! OK, perhaps stretching as far back as GFC Ajaccio’s formation is a little extreme. However, heading into their home match against in-form Nice on 24 October, two and a half months into their inaugural […]

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Ligue 1: Week 15 – Preview + Predictions

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Ligue 1 moves into the 15th week of action and the table is as unpredictable is ever. Lyon sit second, 13 points behind Paris Saint-Germain, but only 11 points ahead of Bastia in 18th. As Gazelec Ajaccio have shown, if you can put together a run of results, you can rapidly climb up the table. That will give hope to […]

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Ligue 1: Week 14 Preview and Predictions

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Last Friday’s tragic events in Paris are still fresh in everyone’s memory, but the decision was made that all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 fixtures should go ahead this weekend – although there will be no away fans in attendance. It is important to remember those lost, but it is just as important to continue to live, and football has always […]

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Tough Decisions and Tough Times Ahead for Lille

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Lille OSC used the international break to take stock of their abysmal start to the season and agree with coach Hervé Renard that their journey had come to an end. His departure was labelled as amicable, but it seems that it was a case of the former Ivory Coast boss having his decision made for him – without the club […]

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