Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Before the season is out there will be many games in Ligue 1 deemed “must wins” for sides up and down the table, but Saturday afternoon’s meeting between Rennes and Marseille brings up a clash where neither side can really afford to go away without any points. There is a gaping hole somewhere in Philippe Montanier’s sinking ship, and unless he can find it, their hopes of playing in Europe next season are going to…

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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: Lyon v FC Metz + Evian TG v Toulouse FC

Preview: Lyon v FC Metz + Evian TG v Toulouse FC

If Olympique Lyonnais go on to lift the Ligue 1 title this season, Jean-Michel Aulas should definitely send FC Metz a thank you card and a bouquet of flowers for the part the Lorraine club played. Albert Cartier’s side put Les Gones to the sword in Week 4, coming back from a goal down to win 2-1. Since that day, Lyon has only lost once in the league, as if throwing away that victory, gave…

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Lyon v Toulouse FC: Week 20 Preview

Lyon v Toulouse FC: Week 20 Preview

Hubert Fournier couldn’t have asked for a better start to the second half of the Ligue 1 season…and that’s before Lyon have even kicked a ball. Progression in the Coupe de France was expected, but now, with the slip ups from Marseille on Friday and Paris Saint-Germain’s defeat to Bastia on Saturday, Lyon can go top of Ligue 1 with a win over Toulouse on Sunday evening. Le Téfécé will be no walkover, this weekend’s…

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Coupe de France Preview: Girondins de Bordeaux v Toulouse FC

As the winter break comes to an end French football returns with the Coupe de France. The Ligue 1 teams are now in the competition and given how Guingamp surprised everyone last season, both Bordeaux and Toulouse will be feeling confident of a cup run this season. The home side enjoyed an excellent start to the Ligue 1 campaign, with many hailing new manager Willy Sagnol as a genius but recently the rookie manager has…

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PREVIEW: Lille v Toulouse – Week 18

PREVIEW: Lille v Toulouse – Week 18

After the fans turned against the club on Thursday, there should be an interesting atmosphere at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on Sunday as Lille take on Toulouse. Poor decisions from René Girard didn’t help after Wolfsburg scored in the dying seconds of the first-half, but the players will be expected to show more fight and desire on Sunday. Toulouse have recently moved away from their trademark back three. Alain Casanova has changed to 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 and…

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Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Water way to bounce back

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Water way to bounce back

Water way to bounce back Marseille’s run of victories has been well documented of late but can you name the other team who over the last three rounds of matches have matched their winning ways? You may think PSG perhaps? Bordeaux possibly? Lyon maybe? Nope, it is Evian Thonon Gaillard. Les Roses are currently on a hot streak of three consecutive wins. These were important wins as well, over teams who many predict will be…

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Toulouse & Casanova: You’ve lost that loving feeling

Toulouse & Casanova: You’ve lost that loving feeling

As Stade de Reims’ Gaëtan Courtet fired home his side’s second and decisive goal on Saturday, it signalled the end to a miserable evening for Alain Casanova’s men. Five games down and Toulouse hold an inconsistent record of LWLWL which, in fairness, is not exactly damning for a side expected to finish mid-table, yet there still seems something amiss at the Allée Gabriel Bienes. Casanova and his side seem to have quite simply lost the…

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