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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Coupe de France Preview: AJ Auxerre v RC Strasbourg

Once upon a time this would have been a very spicy affair between two of France’s more decorated teams in the top flight. Recent history however has not been too kind to either of these clubs. It sees a side languishing in Ligue 2 against a team that has suffered financial blow after financial blow and now finds itself playing in the Championnat National. Through all the doom and gloom however, there is plenty to…

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Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15

Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15

Ligue 2 kicks off on Friday night and it is set to be a very exciting and unpredictable season. Our resident Ligue 2 expert Steve Wyss brings you up to date with all the summer goings on, and looks at the contenders up and down the table. Promotion contenders When mentioning promotion contenders, the first place to start has to be Troyes. Arguably, the club managed by Jean Marc Furlan have the strongest looking squad…

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Five Worried Candidates in the Ligue 2 Relegation Battle

Five Worried Candidates in the Ligue 2 Relegation Battle

With just three games left to play, the Ligue 2 relegation battle is really tight. Here is an analysis of all the teams in the mixer at the bottom, and what their respective chances of beating the drop are. The only certainty is that CA Bastia have already been relegated back to the National division following a really poor campaign, but who will join them? It’s not been too much of a surprise to see…

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Coupe de France: AJ Auxerre v Dijon FCO

This is one of the last scheduled matches to take place in this round of the CDF and it should be a spicy encounter between two big rivals. Many people won’t be aware of the hatred between these sides, but this’ll be a crunch Burgundian derby in which both teams won’t give an inch. One could argue that the Coupe de France means more to Auxerre than it does to their opponents. The hosts are…

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Coupe de la Ligue : Review and Draw

Coupe de la Ligue : Review and Draw

The huitiemes are done, and there were some great matches to enjoy. Our predictions were half-right, as ever, but you can watch highlights and check out who has who in the next round below. Nantes v Auxerre Prediction: Auxerre win, narrowly, in a hopefully high-scoring encounter. Let’s say 3-2. Result : Nantes 1 – 0 Auxerre Goal-machine Fernando Aristeguieta broke the deadlock with fifteen minutes left and got the only goal in what had until then…

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Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes – All In, Who’s Out?

Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes – All In, Who’s Out?

This is the last call for the Coupe de la Ligue, will the final boarders please come to the gate… As an early Christmas present, this midweek sees a round of League Cup matches, with the ‘big six’ finally making an appearance. The idea of the staggered start is to give those teams playing in Europe a little bit of a break (they miss one round) but for scheduling purposes, it’s actually those teams with…

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Beware the explosive talents of Paul-Georges Ntep

Beware the explosive talents of Paul-Georges Ntep

Following a strong 2012/13 campaign, young Auxerre attacker Paul-Georges Ntep suddenly came onto the radar of a couple of Ligue 1 clubs. Nantes were one name said to be keeping a ‘close eye’ on him during the summer but they didn’t pounce. Maybe they wished they had now, because Ntep has started this season in smoking-hot form, so much so that Premier League clubs like West Ham United are interested in buying him. The Hammers…

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