Arles-Avignon to sign French striker on loan from FC Sion

Arles-Avignon to sign French striker on loan from FC Sion

It’s safe to say that AC Arles-Avignon, currently bottom of Ligue 2, have endured a complicated start to season, but Friday night’s one-nil victory over AS Nancy handed Victor Zvunka’s side an impressive and unexpected three points. It now appears that more good news will follow Friday’s night’s win, with L’Équipe today reporting that ACA are close to strengthening their attacking options with the signature of Fousseyni Cissé on loan from Swiss side FC Sion until the end…

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Angers’ Kodjia reported target for Palace and West Brom

Angers’ Kodjia reported target for Palace and West Brom

Earlier in the January transfer window, Angers SCO’s Jonathan Kodjia had been linked with a move to Lorient in Ligue 1, but now Foot Mercato are reporting that the 25-year-old is a target for Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League and Championship side Cardiff City. Having scored 12 goals in France’s second-tier so far this season, the centre-forward has caused quite a stir, with scouts making their way to the Stade…

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US Concarneau v Dijon FCO – Preview

US Concarneau v Dijon FCO – Preview

Tuesday night’s meeting at the Stade Guy Piriou between US Concarneau and Dijon Football Côte-d’Or sees a clash between two sides who both triumphantly punched above their weight in the last round of French football’s oldest cup competition, with both sides pulling off their own comparative giant killings. CFA 2 Group D side Concarneau edged past an albeit weakened Chamois Niortais side, with a single first-half goal from Ivorian striker Herman Koré enough to send…

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Jura Sud Foot v AJ Auxerre – Preview

Jura Sud Foot v AJ Auxerre – Preview

This time last year, Jura-Sud missed a fantastic opportunity to reach the Coupe de France’s round of 16 for the first time in the club’s history, when they were beaten on the road by fifth tier Sete, despite playing one division above their rivals. One year later, the men from Lavans-les-Saint-Claude are given a second chance, this time in their home stadium but against a much tougher opposition: AJ Auxerre. Sure, Auxerre isn’t the team…

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EA Guingamp v LB Chateauroux – Preview

EA Guingamp v LB Chateauroux – Preview

Guingamp are certainly a side who have treated all competitions seriously this season. They could have been forgiven for taking their eye off the ball in the domestic cups, especially considering their European involvement. But a run to the quarter finals of the Coupe de la Ligue has been followed up by swift progress in their defence of the Coupe de France. And you’d have to make them a strong favourite facing a Chateauroux side…

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SO Cholet v Stade Brestois 29 – Preview

SO Cholet v Stade Brestois 29 – Preview

In the previous round little Cholet from CFA2 took on the mighty Beauvais – aka the greatest team the world has never seen – and lived to tell the tale, getting the better of the penalty shoot-out after what by all accounts was a fairly lifeless, mostly chanceless and definitely  goalless draw. The referee attempted to restore order to the universe and/or give Beauvais a helping hand by sending off SOC midfielder Kévin Berdier, but…

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Tours FC v Saint-Etienne – Preview

Tours FC v Saint-Etienne – Preview

The team fourth in Ligue 1 vs the team 3rd bottom of Ligue 2. Tick the box marked “away win” and move on? As if. The Coupe de France would never make things that easy. For St Etienne this will in all likelihood prove to be a much trickier fixture to negotiate than mere league standings would suggest. For starters, their opponents’ lowly standing isn’t a truly accurate reflection of the kind of outfit they are….

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AS Yzeure v Valenciennes – Preview

AS Yzeure v Valenciennes – Preview

One of the last round’s party-poopers turn underdogs this time round, as AS Yzeure host Valenciennes in the Round of 32. Valenciennes’ name came out of the proverbial hat first but, due to the two-division gap between the teams, the match will be played at Yzeure’s Stade de Belleville. It is fair to say that the auvergnat team were not overly excited with the draw that fate picked out for them: “We’re pleased to play…

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