Preview: Sarre-Union vs Lorient – Coupe de France

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With big names such as Metz, Nancy and Strasbourg already out, lowly Sarre-Union are left to represent the Alsace-Lorraine region in the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France, as they host Ligue 1’s Lorient. One of three fourth-tier CFA teams remaining in the competition, Sarre-Union reached this stage with an impressive win over Ligue 2 side Chamois Niortais […]

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Preview: Sochaux vs Monaco – Coupe de France

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Distractions, distractions – both teams here may be wondering if a cup run falls into the category ‘good thing’ or ‘bad thing’, but for rather different reasons. Sochaux are languishing in 19th place in Ligue 2, and their supporters are writing open letters to voice their concerns about the new owners who arrived in the summer, Chinese LED-manufacturers Ledus (not the […]

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Preview: Girondins de Bordeaux vs FC Nantes – Coupe de France

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We have a Derby de l’Atlantique on our hands on Wednesday evening as the last sixteen sees Bordeaux hosting Nantes. Bordeaux especially will be looking at this fixture as a welcome distraction from recent results. After an impressive, if rarely scintillating, unbeaten run came to a shuddering end with a 5-1 Coupe de la Ligue semi-final mauling at the hands of […]

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Preview: Saint-Malo vs GFC Ajaccio – Coupe de France

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As we get towards the business end of the tournament, just one round from the quarter finals, there still remains an impressive contingent from the 4th and 5th tiers. One of those is Saint-Malo who have had a strong run so far and now come up against top-flight opposition in the shape of Gazelec Ajaccio. After seeing off sides from […]

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Ligue 1 Week 25 – Previews + Predictions

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A quick turn-around in Ligue 1 this week following the mid-week matches which ended late on Thursday evening. This weekend includes an intriguing top-of-the-table Riviera derby between Monaco and Nice. But we’ve picked three other matches for your previewing delectation.   SCO Angers vs Olympique Lyonnais Saturday 6 February 16:00 by @jeremysmith98 Two teams in slightly shaky form meet this weekend, hoping […]

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Adam Ounas: Star Taking the Bore out of Bordeaux

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In an otherwise putrid and boring season for Girondins de Bordeaux fans, Algerian youngster Adam Ounas has proven to be a glimmer of hope, a bright little fix to save les Girondins fans from falling asleep at the new Stade Matmut Atlantique. Early in December, playing against EA Guingamp, Bordeaux were limping towards another turgid performance in Ligue 1. As the referee signalled […]

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What to Expect from Watford New Boy Abdoulaye Doucouré

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With the news that Watford have completed the signing of young Rennes midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré, albeit then sending him out on loan to Granada, what can the Hornets fans expect from their record signing? Doucouré joined Rennes as a 14-year-old in 2007 and was moulded into a central midfielder. As he progressed through the academy ranks, he finally made his […]

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Last Chance Saloon for Newcastle United Loanee Florian Thauvin

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Last summer, Olympique de Marseille was ripped apart when Andre-Pierre Gignac, Gianelli Imbula, Andre Ayew and Dimitri Payet all left the club. One of the last departures from the Stade Velodrome was proverbial “bad boy” Florian Thauvin to Newcastle United, but at the weekend the winger made his return, re-joining on loan for the rest of the season. “It’s very […]

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