Preview : Bayer Leverkusen v AS Monaco – Champions League

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Monaco travel to the BayArena this evening in the very definition of a dead rubber. Both teams are assured of progression, but they are also locked into their respective places in the table. It was an unlikely outcome given the presence of Tottenham Hotspur in their group, but both have displayed an impressive proclivity for playing on the counter. While Bayer […]

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Preview : Olympique Lyonnais v Sevilla – Champions League

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Lyon welcome Sevilla in a match where qualification for the knock-out stages is still possible, the hosts needing to win by two goals to progress. Lyon’s trip to Metz at the weekend was never supposed to be the maelstrom of distraction that it became. Bruno Genesio had put out a rotated side, with Corentin Tolisso, Nabil Fekir and in-form Mathieu Valbuena all […]

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Preview : AS Saint-Etienne v FSV Mainz – Europa League

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Game 5 in Group C sees some jockeying for position as Saint-Etienne welcome Mainz while Anderlecht, also on eight points, travel to Gabala. ASSE are ninth in Ligue 1 and have pretty much the same form across both competitions they are in with 2 points per game, although are mildly more successful in front of both goals in Europe (scoring five and […]

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Preview : FC Schalke v OGC Nice – Europa League

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Ah, Nice. Still top of Ligue 1 after a 1-0 away win at Saint-Etienne at the weekend, albeit no longer unbeaten after losing by the same margin at Caen the game before. Consistently exciting and inventive, they are a joy to watch. And so far, absolutely terrible in Europe. Nice sit bottom of the group with a solitary win (1-0 away at […]

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Preview : AS Monaco v Tottenham Hotspur – Champions League

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In a surprising turn of events, Group E in this year’s Champions League has the potential to be decided not in the final round of matches but in today’s encounters. If Bayer Leverkusen win at CSKA Moscow, Monaco need only a point at home against Tottenham Hotspur to eliminate the English side. Rather than taking the result as yet another […]

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Preview : Dinamo Zagreb v Olympique Lyonnais – Champions League

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Lyon have slowly but surely started to round into form domestically, following an ugly 3-1 loss to Guingamp with three successive wins over Toulouse, Bastia and Lille. Their attack is still yet to click as it has in the past, but in young defenders Mouctar Diakhaby and Emanuel Mammana, the club’s back line is beginning to look more solid. The […]

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Preview : OGC Nice v Red Bull Salzburg – Europa League

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Group I is shaping up as if Nice have had bigger things on their minds recently. Schalke are top with 9 and welcome FK Krasnodar (6); Nice (3) welcome point-less Salzburg whom they beat 1-0 in Austria through an early strike from Alassane Plea. Lucien Favre is, of course, insisting that this is their only focus – before what looks a very […]

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Preview : Gabala v Saint Etienne – Europa League

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Saint-Etienne are lying seventh in Ligue 1 after a creditable 1-1 draw against Monaco at the weekend, and will be away at Metz on Sunday. They are also in and around in the Europa League standings, as Group C sees a confused mess of trying to rank teams with the same points, as three teams have five, two the same goal […]

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