Olympique Lyonnais v Paris Saint-Germain: Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions

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When Laurent Blanc’s team travelled to the Stade Gerland last season the Ligue 1 landscape was much different, as Paris Saint-Germain trailed Olympique Lyonnais by two points. They would ultimately overcome their challengers and now, 12 months later, there are no challengers. Although Lyon go into the weekend in fifth place, just two points off the Champions League places, they […]

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EA Guingamp v Angers SCO – Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions

Guingamp Angers

On Saturday evening, two teams meet who are both looking to arrest a slide, although in different areas of the table. Guingamp are 16th on 31 points and looking nervously below them at the relegation battle; Angers are 9th on 37 but on a terrible run of form having lost the last four in a row. Guingamp’s last two matches have […]

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FC Basel v Saint-Etienne: Europa League Preview

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After the first leg of the first knock-out round, despite very different home results, both French teams have managed to set up tricky propositions for themselves in their respective away trips. While Saint-Etienne only need a draw, it looks like they will have to score against Basel after winning 3-2 in a fairly chaotic match at the Geoffroy-Guichard. They come into […]

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Athletic Bilbao v Marseille: Europa League Preview

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After the first leg of the first knock-out round, despite very different home results, both French teams have managed to set up tricky propositions for themselves in their respective away trips. OM have to win in Bilbao after losing 1-0 at the Velodrome. Marseille come into this game off the back of a 1-1 draw in the league in which they […]

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Ligue 1: Week 27 – Previews and Predictions

EnyeamaOL

After a week in which Ligue 1’s footballers have shown some spectacularly bad judgement on social media (Aurier), on the road (Ongenda) and at the barber’s (Alessandrini) it’s a relief to see them back to what they do best. The weekend opens with Bordeaux looking to avenge their 6-1 defeat to Nice earlier in the season and we also have […]

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Europa Preview – Flying the Other Flags

GKN Europa

Thursday sees two French teams competing for European success and to help out on the coefficient front. In a neat twist, they will also play each other in Ligue 1 on Sunday, as Marseille try to do something – again – about their home form, with no league wins at the Velodrome since September, and Saint-Etienne look to keep challenging for a podium finish. […]

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Leicester City Following in Montpellier’s Footsteps Despite Arsenal Defeat

Stambouli Montpellier-Lille

Leicester City suffered a slight wobble in their fairytale Premier League campaign, losing 2-1 to Arsenal at the weekend. They are still top of the table, but now only two points clear of Spurs and Arsenal. During their run, parallels have been drawn with Montpellier’s title win in the 2011/12 season; there are similarities between the two underdogs’ unexpected success, but […]

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Ligue 1: Week 26 – Previews and Predictions

Nice OM

This weekend in Ligue 1 showcases a crucial set of matches to determine who finishes in the European places this season. Monaco travel to Saint-Etienne with a chance to create a nine-point gap between them and their opponents. Marseille can close in on third-placed Nice with a victory at the Allianz Riviera, plus Angers and Rennes will look to keep their […]

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