Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the Stade Velodrome this weekend and try to forget about their terrible away record. Evian have conceded 25 goals away from home, have only won twice and have no draws to show for their troubles. Evian have a history of turning up and putting in performances when you least expect it – just ask PSG – but it would be a shock if OM didn’t come away with a victory…

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Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Although Rennes sit 10 places and 12 points above Caen in the Ligue 1 table, you would have to say that the bottom placed club are actually the form team going into Sunday afternoon’s game. The Breton side has only won once in the last six league games and hasn’t won any of their last three games at the Stade de la Route de Lorient. Caen has picked up four points in their last three…

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Coupe de France Preview: Lusitanos Saint-Maur v Stade de Reims

As one of six true minnows left in the Coupe de France – they play in the Division d’Honneur, a regional amateur league five full flights below Ligue 1 – Lusitanos Saint-Maur are an easy team to wish well. It’s not only their underdog status, though, that makes them appealing. They’ve also got an unusual background and an impressively loyal coach, and can boast some truly impressive results over the past couple of years. Founded…

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Preview: Lyon v Stade de Reims – Bouncebackability

Preview: Lyon v Stade de Reims – Bouncebackability

– 3-0 defeat to your biggest rival? Check. – The end of an unbeaten run at said rival’s home ground that stretched back 20 years? Check. – Missed a penalty and generally played awfully? Check. – Momentum from a three-month-long unbeaten streak gone out the window? Well let’s see about that one… Lyon may have had a collective nightmare on Sunday night against Saint-Etienne, but third place is still theirs, and with it control over who…

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2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

It’s here! We are only days away from the start of the 2014/15 Ligue 1 season. This is set to be one of the best seasons in recent years. Paris Saint-Germain may be miles away from the competition, but it’s the 19 teams behind the champions that will scrap for the other accolades in France’s top division. There are loads of questions to be answered: Can the challengers close the gap on Monaco? Will this…

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Aissa Mandi: Algeria’s defender is the Right Mandi for the Job

Aissa Mandi: Algeria’s defender is the Right Mandi for the Job

“I ask you to comply with the norms of civility” came the patient but tired voice of the announcer at the Stade de Geneve. He was pleading with the hordes of Algerian supporters who had spilled onto the pitch following a 2-1 victory against Romania in Algeria’s final pre-World Cup friendly. A number of them climbed onto the goalposts, others fought with police. Young women capitalized on the chaos to snap a few pitch-side souvenir selfies. I left…

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Stade de Reims: 2013/14 Season Review

Stade de Reims: 2013/14 Season Review

Despite a convincing first season back in the top flight, Reims returned for their second year in Ligue 1 with few certainties, and considered by many as one of the teams to watch in the relegation race. With one of the smallest budgets in the league, and a squad without any real stars, the men from Champagne were often seen as the ideal pick for the drop zone. From the onset of the season, however,…

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The six-way race for Europe is coming to the boil

The six-way race for Europe is coming to the boil

With 11 rounds left to play until the curtain falls on the 2013-2014 season, the race for Le Championnat is pretty much over. Except for a major cataclysm at the Camp des Loges, Paris will secure back-to-back Ligue 1 victories, as AS Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri himself admitted before facing Paris in early February.  Eight points behind Laurent Blanc’s men, Monaco are safely installed in second position with a 7 point-advantage over third-placed Lille. But…

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