Preview : France v Sweden – World Cup Qualifiers

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The fourth match of World Cup Qualifying in Europe’s Group A sees the top two face off with little between them. Equal on points (7), goal difference (+4), and goals scored (5), France welcome Sweden to the Stade de France knowing that this could be a key game in getting to Russia 2018. Sweden’s 1-1 draw at home against 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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Is Ligue 1 Improving or are PSG in Decline?

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Ever since the Qatar Sports Investment company waltzed into Paris, with their dream of global football domination and a huge sack of Euro’s at their disposal, PSG have been the dominant force in French football. Since that takeover, PSG have splashed out close to half a billion Euros on playing staff. Some of those signings have been better than others, […]

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Preview : AS Monaco v CSKA Moscow – Champions League

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Monaco are set to host CSKA Moscow in the reverse fixture of an entertaining 1-1 draw from Matchday 3 this evening, knowing that a win will go a long way toward reaching the knockout rounds. The French side’s loanee Lacina Traoré had given the hosts the lead before Bernardo Silva equalized at the death.  In that match, Monaco set out their stall […]

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Preview : Juventus v Olympique Lyonnais – Champions League

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As Lyon prepare themselves for what now appears to be a must-win match this evening at the Juventus Stadium, things are looking up for the French side. A gritty win against Toulouse will have given the team some much-needed confidence, even if the tactical shift employed by manager Bruno Genesio is unlikely to be taken up tonight.   A fortnight […]

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I Ligue 1 Betting Preview: Week 11 – Lille v PSG, Marseille v Bordeaux, Nice v Nantes

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As we roll into Week 11 of the Ligue 1 season, OGC Nice lead the way, but Paris Saint-Germain have the chance to lump the pressure on as they take on Lille OSC in Friday night’s game. Mario Balotelli & Co. play FC Nantes on Sunday afternoon, with a four-point gap over AS Monaco in second they will end the […]

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Coupe de la Ligue – Wednesday Preview

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As we wait for the European teams to get involved, the seiziemes are again the dixiemes in the Coupe de la Ligue, with a cast of fourteen Ligue 1 teams joining four from Ligue 2 and two from National over a midweek bonus round. Chateauroux v Girondins de Bordeaux – 18.45 CEST (Canal+ Sport) One of only two third-tier teams left in […]

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