Coupe de la Ligue round-up: CA Bastia Boucher-ed

Coupe de la Ligue round-up: CA Bastia Boucher-ed

In the second round of the Coupe de la Ligue there were fourteen goals in six matches, and just the one red card this time. The early game was Evian v Clermont, and this time the TV pick got goals. Both sides are unbeaten in the league so far, but Evian were looking for their first win of the season, having four draws to their name and a bye in the first round of the cup. The…

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FC Tours: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

FC Tours: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Coach: Marco Simone Stadium: Stade de la Vallée du Cher Last Season: 15th in Ligue 2 DEFENCE Tours had huge goalkeeping problems last season. They ended up using three different starting custodians, eventually settling on youngster Bingoura Kamara. He was ok but inconsistent as you’d expect. They have signed Quentin Westberg from Norwegian club Sarpsborg as competition but he’s only average at best, so they could continue to struggle in this position unless Kamara develops. The defence…

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Wigan Athletic’s Andy Delort Set For Return to France

Wigan Athletic’s Andy Delort Set For Return to France

Since his summer move to the English Championship, Wigan Athletic striker Andy Delort has endured a frustrating spell at the Lancashire club. Now it appears that the forward could make a surprise return to Tours FC, just five months after he left the Ligue 2 side. On Friday evening during Tours FC’s eventual two-nil home defeat to AC Ajaccio, France Football reported that negotiations were possibly underway between the Indre-et-Loire club and Wigan Athletic. The former AC…

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Tours FC v Saint-Etienne – Preview

Tours FC v Saint-Etienne – Preview

The team fourth in Ligue 1 vs the team 3rd bottom of Ligue 2. Tick the box marked “away win” and move on? As if. The Coupe de France would never make things that easy. For St Etienne this will in all likelihood prove to be a much trickier fixture to negotiate than mere league standings would suggest. For starters, their opponents’ lowly standing isn’t a truly accurate reflection of the kind of outfit they are….

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Coupe de France Preview: Le Mans v Tours FC

Remember Le Mans? Ligue 1 regulars between 2005 and 2010, their youth system brought you the likes of Didier Drogba and Sebastien Corchia, and they turned rough diamonds like Gervinho and Grafite into the real deal. If that doesn’t jog your memory you might recall the headlines from the summer of 2013, when their finances went off the edge of a cliff and they were administratively relegated to the sixth tier. Thus began a slog…

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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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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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