Preview : CSKA Moscow v AS Monaco – Champions League

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Monaco head to Russia this evening on the back of a disheartening loss at Toulouse on Friday. Leonardo Jardim opted for a rotated side, with several players having been in action internationally, and paid the price, as an aggressive Toulouse side won 3-1, a margin that could have been more had the hosts been more clinical. Nevertheless, Monaco are in good stead […]

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Ligue 1 Betting: Week 9 – Nice vs Lyon, Toulouse vs Monaco, Rennes vs Bordeaux

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Every matchday the FFW team of Andrew, Jeremy, Philippa and Rich will each pick a game where they believe both teams will score, and an anytime scorer. SPONSORS….THIS COULD BE YOUR FEATURE Let’s look at how the team did in Week 8… Well, arguably only Metz had a worse week than our team, who impressively scored an aggregate total of zero […]

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Corentin Tolisso: Heir to the Lyon Fortune

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In a parallel football universe there may well be a version of Corentin Tolisso plying his trade in Serie A wearing the famous sky blue shirt of Napoli. Maybe he’s reveling in the new climes of Italy’s top flight; conversely the midfielder could be kicking his heels on the bench pondering the merits of his move to Naples. It’s actually […]

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Are PSG Set to Lose Their Star Player?

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Europe’s top clubs are reportedly lining up offers for Brazil and PSG star Thiago Silva, as his protracted contract difficulties continue. Silva became the most expensive defender in history with his move from AC Milan to PSG in 2012, but the French club are yet to open negotiations over a new contract. His agent Paulo Tonietto added fuel to the […]

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Problem with Youth: Will France Under-21s Blow it Again?

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With just one qualifying game left, we are close to once again seeing the French under-21s failing to live up to their potential. Needing other results to go their way on Tuesday evening, France are staring down the barrel of missing out on a place at the European Championships next summer; a tournament they have not qualified for since 2006. […]

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Ligue 1 Betting: Week 8 – Caen vs Toulouse, Rennes vs Guingamp, Lyon vs Saint-Etienne

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Every matchday the FFW team of Andrew, Jeremy, Philippa and Rich will each pick a game where they believe both teams will score, and an anytime scorer. SPONSORS….THIS COULD BE YOUR FEATURE Let’s look at how the team did in Week 7. It wasn’t pretty… Of the 8 possible “points” on offer, the team managed a total of one, as Bafetimbi […]

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Why Rene Girard is not the right guy for FC Nantes

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Where did the magic go? After 7 games in this season, Nantes are camped in 18th in the Ligue 1 table. The “Canaris” were prepared to have a difficult kick-off this season, but did not anticipate being in such dreadful position early on. You have to admit, the Atlantic coastal club has had some up and downs in the last ten years: relegation to […]

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A change in approach – An Italian Job or Realpolitik in Ligue 1?

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Seven rounds in, there have been many surprises in Ligue 1 so far, including what the hell are PSG up to, Pascal Dupraz for President, and yikes Lille. One interesting side-note has been a change from the norm in formation terms – to three (or five) at the back. This approach is not unheard of in France, of course, but this season’s […]

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