Rennes v Monaco: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 35


The big match of the weekend, in terms of European qualification anyway, sees Rennes host Monaco. Whilst the home side need the points to keep alive their dwindling hopes of Europa League football next season, Monaco will be looking for the win and the points in their quest to finish in second place and the final automatic Champions League qualification […]

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PREVIEW: PSG v Lille OSC: Coupe de la Ligue FINAL


On Saturday evening, Ligue 1 takes a rest as Paris Saint-Germain and Lille do battle for the third domestic trophy of the season – if you count the Trophée des Champions (you shouldn’t – Ed). Frederic Antonetti’s in-form Lille side take on the champions and cup holders at the Stade de France and the “home” side will obviously start as […]

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OGC Nice v Stade de Reims: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 35

Nice Reims

The Ligue 1 season is getting down to the final weeks, four games left and if you have visions of playing in Europe next season, now, in this congested table, is the time to make your move. It may have seemed like a dream scenario for OGC Nice at the start of the campaign, but Les Aiglons are serious contenders […]

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Le50 2016: Adrien Rabiot – Paris Saint-Germain


Sometimes one has to wonder what is going on in some professional footballers’ heads. In the middle of December Adrien Rabiot was in a great place: with Marco Verratti struggling with injury the youngster had featured in every game since the middle of October, starting eight out of ten league games during that period. Verratti’s injury was the perfect opportunity […]

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Le50 2016: Adam Ounas – Girondins de Bordeaux


“An interesting player with explosive qualities” is how ex-Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol referred to Adam Ounas on his exciting start to his professional footballing career at the tail end of 2015. The young Franco-Algerian was not exactly touted for a breakthrough, though somehow managed to weave his way into his Bordeaux squad heading into the 2015-16 campaign. It was at […]

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Le50 2016: Ramy Bensebaini – Montpellier HSC


Montpellier’s budgetary constraints mean that their transfer policy can often be a little left-field, so acquiring a 20-year-old central defender on loan from a second-division Algerian side, and who had spent the previous season on loan getting relegated in Belgium, is pretty characteristic. Ramy Bensebaini had joined the Paradou AC / JMG Academy when it opened in 2007, before moving […]

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Le50 2016: Maxwel Cornet – Olympique Lyonnais


In any regular season, Maxwel Cornet would likely have been hailed as the next big thing. The Lyon attacker, though, has been pushed firmly into the shade by Ousmane Dembele, despite a breakthrough campaign that has seen the 19-year-old become increasingly influential on the banks of the Rhone. Cornet’s explosion comes as little surprise. He bubbled away quietly last term, […]

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Sochaux v Marseille: Coupe de France Preview

Sochaux Toko

Wednesday night’s Coupe de France semi-final against FC Sochaux was already going to be a tough fixture for Olympique de Marseille, but the pressure, intrigue and mystery over the game was quickly raised on Tuesday when OM announced that Michel was no longer the head coach at the southern club. The Spanish coach was already heading down a slippery slope, […]

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