Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Although Rennes sit 10 places and 12 points above Caen in the Ligue 1 table, you would have to say that the bottom placed club are actually the form team going into Sunday afternoon’s game. The Breton side has only won once in the last six league games and hasn’t won any of their last three games at the Stade de la Route de Lorient. Caen has picked up four points in their last three…

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RC Lens Enter a Difficult Winter of Discontent

RC Lens Enter a Difficult Winter of Discontent

by Kevin Nolan It should have been a summer of joy. After three years away from playing with the big boys you have managed to return, only for it to turn sour in the blink of an eye. Joy turns to despair as the club you love teeters on the brink of oblivion. May 14th 2014, the final day of the Ligue 2 season, and Lens have just beaten CA Bastia 2-0. Celebrations erupt as…

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Coupe de France Preview: RC Lens v Olympique Lyonnais

In one of only a handful of all-Ligue 1 fixtures, Lens play host to Lyon. The match sees one of Ligue 1’s more unlucky teams up against arguably the most in-form team in the division. On paper this should be a fairly straightforward victory for the away team. It’s not been the return to Ligue 1 that Lens would have wanted so far this season. Faced with having to play their home games in Amiens…

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PREVIEW: RC Lens v OGC Nice – Week 19

PREVIEW: RC Lens v OGC Nice – Week 19

Things are looking slightly up for RC Lens this week. An investment of €2.5 million into the club means they have been granted permission to sign players in January. Also, two points in their last two games has given them a slight chance to escape the relegation zone before the winter break. Friday’s test against Nice will be tough, however. Claude Puel’s side may have struggled at home, but on the road they have impressed. Les Aiglons…

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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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Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Bottom three surprise?

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Bottom three surprise?

Three teams to get off the mark Whilst many may have predicted that come week three, both Lens and Evian would have failed to get off the mark, I doubt many, if any, would have guessed that Monaco would also be part of that club.  After a home loss to Lorient and a comprehensive defeat to Bordeaux last week, the Monegasques sit in 19th place with only goal difference keeping them off the foot of the…

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Bureaucracy Round-Up – Winners and Luzenac

Following a summer that much of French football spent busy with tribunal hearings rather than transfer dealings, three lengthy administrative sagas look – look – to have been sorted out. We’d say ‘and not a moment too soon’ but things actually kicked off last week, causing something of a headache for Steve Wyss trying to get Ligue 2 previews together while not sure a) how many or b) which teams he actually needed to preview… Anyway. 1) L’Affaire Lens…

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2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

It’s here! We are only days away from the start of the 2014/15 Ligue 1 season. This is set to be one of the best seasons in recent years. Paris Saint-Germain may be miles away from the competition, but it’s the 19 teams behind the champions that will scrap for the other accolades in France’s top division. There are loads of questions to be answered: Can the challengers close the gap on Monaco? Will this…

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