Europa League Preview : Lyon v Roma

Dzeko v Lacaz

Thursday night, and Lyon are the last French team standing in the Europa League after another traditionally shaky set of performances from the Ligue 1 contingent: LOSC didn’t make it through the qualifying rounds, Nice didn’t make it out of the group, and Saint-Etienne didn’t make it past Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who must feature in Stephane Ruffier’s nightmares. OL, of course, […]

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Champions League Preview : Barcelona v PSG

PSG v Barca 2

Few would have thought that Paris Saint-Germain could enter this evening’s visit to the Nou Camp with even a hint of doubt after thrashing Barcelona 4-0 three weeks ago. However, the hosts’ good form, and a pair of uneven outings from the French champions have seen just the smallest bit of uncertainty creep into the minds of some. Whether the […]

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Coupe De France 8emes – Tuesday – CA Bastia v Angers, Frejus v Auxerre, Bordeaux v Lorient

Tuesday CDF

The round of sixteen crashes into view with some interesting fixtures but also not the draw we might have hoped for, as the minnows are all at home against higher opposition. However, with several of the higher-ups in a slightly awkward situation league-wise, there could still be some upsets in store. Today there are three fixtures, including a couple of minnows facing […]

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Coupe De France 8emes – Thursday – Bergerac v Lille

Bergerac v Lille CDF

So far, there’s been a big cupset as CFA side Frejus Saint-Raphael beat Ligue 2’s Auxerre 2-0 with goals from Neupoc Mendy and Karim Tlili; also, National side Avranches beat Ligue 2’s Strasbourg on penalties. It looked like Strasbourg would prevail after an injury time equaliser from Vincent Gragnic cancelled out Christopher Mayulu’s opener, but the home side held out, eventually […]

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Europa League Preview : Lyon v AZ

AZOL

Lyon’s occasionally confusing season continues with a home return tie into which they bring a 4-1 lead after a reasonably comprehensive battering of AZ in Alkmaar last week. Even the ‘1’ was described by L’Equipe as “un penalty inexistant” after Levi Garcia fell over but Emanuel Mammana got the blame. At that point Lyon were 3-0 up through Lucas Tousart’s first senior […]

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Europa League Preview : Saint-Etienne v Manchester United

MUNASSE flares cropped

Sadly, there isn’t that much to play for in this weirdly-scheduled return leg of the Europa League round of 32, as Manchester United take a 3-0 lead to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Almost inevitably, this was from a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick as he continues to consider les Verts his personal scoring challenge. It all started 15 minutes in, when Ibrahimovic’s low […]

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Champions League Preview – Manchester City v Monaco

MCFC v ASM

While not the high-profile encounter involving a Ligue 1 team of last week, Monaco’s trip to the Etihad Stadium this evening is nevertheless an intriguing one. Manchester City’s season has been one of mixed fortunes; dogged by injuries (Vincent Kompany, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus) and the failure of big-name transfers (Claudio Bravo, John Stones) to settle, the team have seemingly […]

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Europa League Previews – AZ v OL and Manchester United v Saint Etienne

Manu v ASSE Europa

Ah, the Europa League. In the qualifying rounds you can find your Game of Thrones name by sticking a pin in the fixture list, and France usually lose a team (Lille, this year). In the group stages, this is often made up by somebody dropping out of C1 qualifying (well done Monaco for bucking that trend, as well as many others, this season). […]

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