SC Bastia v Paris Saint-Germain – Week 20 Preview

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Although they started 2015 in third place, Paris Saint-Germain could go top of Ligue 1 on Saturday afternoon with a win at the Stade Armand-Cesari. Marseille slip in Montpellier means that Laurent Blanc’s side start Saturday’s game only three points short of l’OM, but they will need to show their own change in attitude if they want to beat Ghislain […]

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Coupe de France Preview: Valenciennes v OGC Nice

After a troublesome summer during which Valenciennes’ financial situation found them briefly facing the very real possibility of dropping into the CFA and thus losing their professional status, it must have been a relief to the club to start the season in Ligue 2. Relief quickly turned to horror, however, when they went out of the Coupe de la Ligue […]

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Coupe de France Preview: Lusitanos Saint-Maur v Stade de Reims

As one of six true minnows left in the Coupe de France – they play in the Division d’Honneur, a regional amateur league five full flights below Ligue 1 – Lusitanos Saint-Maur are an easy team to wish well. It’s not only their underdog status, though, that makes them appealing. They’ve also got an unusual background and an impressively loyal […]

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PREVIEW: Bordeaux v Lyon – Ligue 1 Week 19

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Only a few years have passed since this fixture was between two sides fighting for a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League. After some ups and downs on both sides, both Bordeaux and Lyon are enjoying new eras under new management. After suffering their worst ever start to a Ligue 1 season, Lyon’s recent form and the goals […]

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PREVIEW: Saint-Etienne v Evian Thonon Gaillard – Week 19

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Christophe Galtier’s Saint-Etienne side will try and end the year on a year, avoiding defeat against Evian will see them unbeaten in the last six games and potentially four points clear of AS Monaco in fourth place. It will be difficult for Les Verts to mount an attack on the top three, but with no Europa League football in the […]

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PREVIEW: Marseille v Lille – Week 19

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On Sunday afternoon Marseille finish 2014 with an amazing opportunity to finish as Ligue 1’s Autumn champions. Something that 12 months ago would have seemed almost impossible. With Paris Saint-Germain drawing 0-0 with Montpellier on Saturday night, OM is on the same points going into Sunday’s game against Lille, and only a two-goal defeat would see Marseille fail to stay […]

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PREVIEW: Paris Saint-Germain v Montpellier – Week 19

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It wasn’t too long ago that this was a match at the top of the table. There’s no surprise that Paris Saint-Germain are at the top, but Montpellier are enjoying a different life in mid-table. Le Paillade is one of the quintessential typically inconsistent sides in Ligue 1. Beat Rennes 4-0, but then lose a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 […]

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PREVIEW: RC Lens v OGC Nice – Week 19

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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. […]

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