Ligue 2 Preview: Week 3

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After the dismal performance in front of goal in Week 1, thing definitely improve – but 17 goals is still far from a goal rush. Teams are still finding their way and after midweek Coupe de la Ligue exploits, it will be very interesting to see how the squads cope this weekend. RC Lens v US Creteil: Friday 19:00 – […]

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RC Lens: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

RC Lens Preview

Coach: Antoine Kombouare Stadium: Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis Last Season: 20th in Ligue 1 DEFENCE The no1 keeper for Lens this year will be Joris Delle. The ex-Metz and Nice man did once look set to have a promising future, but has regressed in recent years. Injuries haven’t helped so he’ll hope to have a clean bill of health this term. Delle should […]

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DNCG Strike Again As SC Bastia Face Ridiculous Relegation to Ligue 2

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While most football sites are currently focussing on the transfer window and various international tournaments going on, French football has another traditional subject to factor in – admin. Every summer, the DNCG (Direction Nationale du Controle de Gestion – responsible for oversight of rules, budgets, etc) gets through a frankly ludicrous amount of bureaucratic to-ing and fro-ing, which can also […]

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Lille OSC v RC Lens: The Must-Win Derby du Nord

Derby Du Nord

In the Lille suburb of Villeneuve d’Ascq, the summer sun glistened through the trees at the Stade Lille Metropole on a warm Sunday evening in August 2006. Not since 1994 had the Derby du Nord been played so early in the season, and with both teams starting with a victory, defeat for either RC Lens or Lille OSC could spell […]

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Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

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One of the most interesting moves of the January transfer window was the loan of Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos from Monaco to Marseille – particularly when it looked like it might not happen. How ironic that he would go on to save Marseille’s blushes this weekend. With the clubs in agreement, somebody pointed out that Monaco had made too many […]

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Saint-Étienne v RC Lens: Preview Week 24

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In the past, Friday night’s fixture between Saint-Etienne and RC Lens would have been billed as one of the most exciting in Ligue 1. The sad reality is that the home side start heavy favourites and a huge cloud of uncertainty hangs over the northern club. In the league they sit 19th after 23 weeks, three points from safety. Travelling […]

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Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

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Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the Stade Velodrome this weekend and try to forget about their terrible away record. Evian have conceded 25 goals away from home, have only won twice and have no draws to show for their troubles. Evian have a history of turning up and putting in performances when you least expect it – just ask PSG […]

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Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

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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 […]

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