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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2013/14 Preview: Ligue 2 Kick-off

It’s that time of year again when the dust begins to settle, the smell of fresh grass wafts through the corridors to the changing rooms and a sense of optimism swells inside every supporter. There really is nothing better than the beginning of the football season. As Paris and Monaco splash their cash in Ligue 1 in preparation for world-wide dominance, the more humble surroundings of Ligue 2 takes a slightly more subdued approach than…

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Preview: AS Monaco heavy favourites to lift Ligue 2 crown

With the start of the Ligue 2 season upon us we needed a quality preview for the upcoming season. Only one name came to mind “Below The Top League” These guys are the go to guys when it comes to Europe’s second division. Let them get you all excited for the new season in France’s second tier. The opening weekend of the 2012-13 season is only a matter of hours away with all eyes cast…

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