SC Bastia v FC Nantes : Ligue 1 – Week 27 Preview

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While everyone else is watching the Champions League, Ligue 1 is using this midweek opportunity to catch up on some delayed matches, this one due to public order fears rather than the usual weather-related pitch-knack, as in Gazelec v Marseille, kicking off at the same time. Some background – after the away trip to Reims in game 26, which Bastia won 1-0, […]

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Marseille v Toulouse: Week 29 Ligue 1 Preview

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It has definitely been a season to forget for Marseille. They go into Sunday’s match with Toulouse 14th in the table, only seven points clear of the relegation zone. There is obviously the reverse of that point, as they are also only eight points from a place in the Champions League, however, it’s the former that looks more likely than an ascent up […]

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Rennes v FC Nantes: Ligue 1 – Week 29 Preview

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Another week, another Breton(-ish) derby. But this is the biggest one – Rennes vs Nantes – and is arguably the biggest match between the two in a while, the winner having the chance to steal a march on the loser in the fight for European places. Heading into injury time last weekend, Rennes were on the way to a poor […]

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SC Bastia v FC Lorient : Ligue 1 – Week 29 Preview

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A match between the teams in eleventh and tenth might not seem to have much riding on it, but such is the weirdness of the Ligue 1 table this season that both are only four points off a theoretical European spot. Bastia’s home form continues to impress, third in the domicile table behind only PSG and Lyon. They have won […]

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SM Caen v AS Monaco: Ligue 1 – Week 29 Preview

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In a feat of great scheduling, just 24 hours after hosting Marseille’s 1-0 win over Granville in the Coupe de France, SM Caen face AS Monaco at the Stade Michel d’Ornano in a key Ligue 1 battle. Pictures of the torn up pitch have been shown online, giving this fixture another angle. This could be a clash of styles. Monaco […]

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Granville v Marseille: Coupe de France Preview

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Although at first glance Saint-Etienne vs PSG looked like the stand-out quarter-final of this year’s Coupe de France, it is Granville vs Marseille which has been given top billing. The match-up between the fifth tier minnows and France’s favourite club is really catching the nation’s imagination, as indicated by the fact that the match, to be held at the Stade […]

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Saint-Etienne v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de France Preview

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The grand choc of the quarter-finals sees six-time winners Saint-Etienne hosting nine-time winners and current holders Paris Saint-Germain. Les Verts haven’t had the smoothest ride to this stage and are yet to finish a match inside the traditional 90 minutes. The edgiest match was the first one, against CFA2’s Raon L’Etape, which went to penalties after a 1-1 draw, Stephane Ruffier the […]

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