Europa League Play-Off : NK Domzale v Olympique Marseille

Germain hatttick v Oostende

Marseille continue their European campaign with a 1,000km trip* to Ljubljana to face Slovenian cup-winners NK Domzale in the first leg of the play-offs, in fairly sprightly mood. Beating Belgium’s Oostende 4-2 on aggregate in the 3rd qualifying round was pleasing enough, but seeing new acquisition Valere Germain score a hat-trick on his debut in the home tie was even more […]

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Champions League Play-Off : Napoli v Nice

Nice beat Ajax

Nice, after a fine start to their competitive campaign in defeating Ajax, are now faced with an even more difficult task against Italian giants Napoli. No one had given Les Aiglons much of a chance against the Dutch side, but that was before Nice had lost twice in the league, and in rather embarrassing fashion to a less-than-potent Saint-Étienne and […]

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Champions League Qualification Preview: OGC Nice vs Ajax Amsterdam

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We’ve barely put the Confederations Cup in the rear-view mirror, but already football is upon us once again, as Nice seek to reap the rewards of their impressive 2016/17 season. Les Aiglons‘ third place finish earned them a place in the third round of the Champions’ League qualifiers, and this evening they host an Ajax side which, less than three […]

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Europa League Preview : Olympique Lyonnais v Ajax

OL fail v Ajax

OL. Oh dear. Oh well. A 4-1 defeat in their semi-final first leg against Ajax gives les Gones a mountain to climb when they still seem a decent bet to trip over their own feet if the opportunity presents itself. It was a heavy defeat, despite the best efforts of Anthony Lopes, who made 12 (twelve) saves, the most in any […]

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Champions League Preview : Juventus v AS Monaco

ASM lose to Juve

Monaco head to Turin seeking to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg against Juventus, to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2004. While they rebounded nicely to win at Nancy at the weekend, keeping their sights firmly on the Ligue 1 title, the league-leaders must surely have been disappointed with their 2-0 loss at […]

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Europa League Preview : Ajax v Olympique Lyonnais

OL beat Besiktas

Given everything Lyon have been through recently, it seems slightly ironic – if not portentous – that their next game is against a character from the Iliad. Fourth in Ligue 1, the last couple of weeks for OL have seen them losing 4-1 at home to Lorient, losing any chance of the Champions League next season, their fans taking to […]

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Champions League Preview : AS Monaco v Juventus

ASM beat BVB

In the opinion of many, Monaco being drawn against Juventus represented a worst-case scenario for Leonardo Jardim’s effervescent side. The Italian champions had topped a tricky group containing Sevilla and Lyon, and haven’t conceded in the competition since November, a run of nearly 500 minutes. In addition to a very solid defence, in Paulo Dybala Juventus have, like Monaco, a […]

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