Cautious Optimism in the New Chapter of Marseille’s History

McCourt OM

It happened. And this time, it was not a hoax. Olympique de Marseille, following years of stagnation & frustration, is set to embark on a new chapter in the club’s history. After 20 years under the ownership of the Louis-Dreyfus family, the club is set to change hands, coming under the direction of a consortium led by American businessman Frank […]

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Ligue 1 Betting Preview: Week 3


Every weekend 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 Before we get into this week’s bets, let’s recap Week 2. Rennes beat Nancy 2-0, so Phil missed out there. Andrew was saved by Florian Thuavin’s second half […]

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Preview : Saint-Etienne v Beitar Jerusalem – Europa League Qualifying

Beitar v ASSE

Saint-Etienne are in a strong position going into the second leg of the play-off as they welcome Beitar Jerusalem to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. After conceding inside ten minutes in the first leg, goals from Fabien Lemoine and Florentin Pogba put them ahead by half-time, and that was how it stayed. It was a slightly shaky start for Les Verts as […]

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Preview: Monaco v Villareal – Champions League Qualifying

Monaco celebrate v Villareal

With just six days between matches, and seemingly no change in the fitness issues that are currently plaguing Villarreal, the overriding assumption is that today’s match between hosts Monaco and the Spanish side is all but a foregone conclusion. After all, at the weekend while Monaco were able to eke out a victory away at the always-challenging Nantes, despite using […]

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Preview : Beitar Jerusalem v Saint-Etienne – Europa League Qualifying


Tonight sees Saint-Etienne in action in the Europa league play-offs, with a potentially tricky trip away to Beitar Jerusalem, third in last season’s Israeli Premier League. After a grand total of one goal was scored in ASSE’s third round qualifying ties against AEK Athens (Robert Beric), the usual binary results seemed to be back, but then the first game of the new Ligue […]

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Preview: Villareal v Monaco – Champions League Qualifying

Monaco training at Villareal

The early start to Monaco’s season means that the club will have played seven competitive matches before the end of August, no easy feat given a very short summer. Many are eagerly anticipating their clash with Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1’s third matchday, but before Leonardo Jardim’s side take on the champions, a much more pressing task awaits in the form […]

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