Preview: Lille OSC v AS Monaco + Ligue 1 Saturday

Preview: Lille OSC v AS Monaco + Ligue 1 Saturday

Earlier in the season, the last meeting between these two was played out in the shadows of Radamel Falcao arranging his move to Manchester United in the stands. Both teams have changed significantly since the end of August and it sets up a very intriguing clash at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. The home side sit in 12th, but their form had improved massively just before the winter break, winning three out of four games before…

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Coupe de France Preview: Nimes Olympique v AS Monaco

The last time Monaco went to le Stade de Costieres they came away with a late winner and promotion back to Ligue 1 following their two seasons’ purgatory in Ligue 2, to go with their large injection of cash. Ibrahima Touré’s 94th minute header was the only goal of the game that sent the 472 away Monaco fans wild. Monaco’s upward trajectory continued into last season with a second place finish and Champions League qualification…

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Preview : Monaco v Marseille – Week 18

Monaco had a pleasing midweek, securing their progression to the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over FC Zenit, but with the worrying caveat of going through with only 4 goals scored, the least goal-scorey of all the teams going through by some distance (although, with only one goal against, the least goal-concedey too). They have 21 in the league, which is actually joint fifth, so not that bad, and their defence…

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Europa Euround-up : Beauvue brace keeps the Ligue 1 end up

Europa Euround-up : Beauvue brace keeps the Ligue 1 end up

The last group game in both European competitions and with only one team (PSG) sure of progressing to the next round, some tension in the air. The midweek of destiny was upon us. On Tuesday, Monaco welcomed Zenit St Petersburg to the Stade Louis II needing a point to progress, and ended up topping the group after a 2-0 win as Bayer Leverkusen downed tools and drew 0-0 away at Benfica. With a back four of…

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Europa Euround-up: Don’t Roux Missed Chances

Europa Euround-up: Don’t Roux Missed Chances

Another midweek European round, with the Champions League serving as an amuse-bouche for the serious business of the Europa League on Thursday. In group F, PSG stay top, a point ahead of Barcelona, after their 3-1 win over Ajax. Cavani opened the scoring around the half-hour mark, Ajax pulled it back level in the second half through Davy Klaassen, then PSG made it safe with Ibrahimovic’s first goal since August, and a second for Cavani. Barcelona put…

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Europa Euround-up – Beauvue a Good Look for Guingamp

Europa Euround-up – Beauvue a Good Look for Guingamp

Better. Not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but definitely better. Firstly, the Champions League. On Tuesday, Monaco continued the not scoring thing but fell down on the not conceding thing to an 82nd minute goal from Talisca. Jardim started Lacina Traore up-front and Monaco got a decent amount of shots off, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco making much of the running in that department, but Jardel and Luisao in central defence stood firm. Bayer Leverkusen won away…

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Monaco Martial the Attack against Benfica

Monaco Martial the Attack against Benfica

OK everyone. It’s a midweek European round and we all know what the key question is. Can the French teams muster more than one goal between them this time? Don’t panic. If they don’t, it’s not the end of the world. If they again also don’t concede any goals, again, that’s three decent results (for ASM, ASSE and LOSC) and maybe not too bad for Guingamp, given what they’ve been through recently. If there is only…

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Europa Euround-up : Panning for Goals

Europa Euround-up : Panning for Goals

Well. First there was the Champions League, where on Tuesday the participants collectively hit the giddy heights of 5 goals per game, but PSG took until the 87th minute to get one past APOEL Nicosia, and on Wednesday a more restrained set of fixtures featuring the only 0-0 of the round – Monaco v Benfica. Then Thursday, and the Europa league, where in 24 fixtures there were four goalless games – three of which featured the French teams (Standard Liege v…

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