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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Laurent Pokou – the African Pele

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It was with sadness yesterday that the passing of former Rennes and Ivory Coast striker Laurent Pokou was announced. Whilst not necessarily recognisable by name, his impact at both club and country level are still felt today and in the footballing world he will be greatly missed. After shining for his first club, ASEC Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast, Pokou […]

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Preview : OGC Nice v Red Bull Salzburg – Europa League

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Group I is shaping up as if Nice have had bigger things on their minds recently. Schalke are top with 9 and welcome FK Krasnodar (6); Nice (3) welcome point-less Salzburg whom they beat 1-0 in Austria through an early strike from Alassane Plea. Lucien Favre is, of course, insisting that this is their only focus – before what looks a very […]

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Preview : Gabala v Saint Etienne – Europa League

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Saint-Etienne are lying seventh in Ligue 1 after a creditable 1-1 draw against Monaco at the weekend, and will be away at Metz on Sunday. They are also in and around in the Europa League standings, as Group C sees a confused mess of trying to rank teams with the same points, as three teams have five, two the same goal […]

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Is Ligue 1 Improving or are PSG in Decline?

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Ever since the Qatar Sports Investment company waltzed into Paris, with their dream of global football domination and a huge sack of Euro’s at their disposal, PSG have been the dominant force in French football. Since that takeover, PSG have splashed out close to half a billion Euros on playing staff. Some of those signings have been better than others, […]

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Preview : AS Monaco v CSKA Moscow – Champions League

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Monaco are set to host CSKA Moscow in the reverse fixture of an entertaining 1-1 draw from Matchday 3 this evening, knowing that a win will go a long way toward reaching the knockout rounds. The French side’s loanee Lacina Traoré had given the hosts the lead before Bernardo Silva equalized at the death.  In that match, Monaco set out their stall […]

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Preview : Juventus v Olympique Lyonnais – Champions League

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As Lyon prepare themselves for what now appears to be a must-win match this evening at the Juventus Stadium, things are looking up for the French side. A gritty win against Toulouse will have given the team some much-needed confidence, even if the tactical shift employed by manager Bruno Genesio is unlikely to be taken up tonight.   A fortnight […]

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