Coupe de France Preview: Dinan-Léhon vs EA Guingamp

When fifth-tier (CFA2) Dinan-Léhon’s players gathered to listen to the Coupe de France round 9 draw on the radio, they only had one wish: to face Breton and Cotes d’Armor neighbour En Avant Guingamp. And when the good news arrived, the joy in Dinan’s dressing room was to the measure of the task ahead. Dinan coach Jean-Jacques Houzé, a former Guingamp player himself, summed up the general feeling: “I am happy to face Guingamp, the…

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PREVIEW: Guimgamp v PSG – Week 18

PREVIEW: Guimgamp v PSG – Week 18

It was a successful week for both Paris Saint-Germain and EA Guingamp, with the Breton club joining their Parisian opponents in the later stages of European competition. Laurent Blanc’s side have had an extra day’s rest, so it will be interesting to see how the two teams fare on the sometimes heavy Stade Roudourou pitch. PSG have another chance to leapfrog Marseille at the top of the table before Marcelo Bielsa’s men play Monaco on Sunday…

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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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Can Liverpool’s Loanee Down Everton in the Europa League?

Can Liverpool’s Loanee Down Everton in the Europa League?

Round three is here, roll up roll up. The midpoint of European competition with its back-to-back fixtures approaches; for the Champions League teams, these look do-able – for two of the Europa contingent, less so. Tuesday 21 October 19.45 BST – APOEL Nicosia v Paris Saint Germain PSG are in a strange position, despite having an apparently limitless budget, FFP or no FFP; after very nearly running out of centre-backs, they have somehow now managed to run out…

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