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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Preview: Tréllisac v Olympique de Marseille – Coupe de France


The final game of the last 16 of the Coupe de France sees fourth division side Trélissac take on Olympique de Marseille at the Stade Chaban-Delmas on Thursday night. Zivko Slijepcevic’s side has defied all the odds stacked against them to reach this stage, especially in the penalties victory over Lille in the last round. The amateur side went behind […]

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Preview: PSG vs Olympique Lyonnais – Coupe de France


The balance of power in French football has shifted over the past decade. At the turn of the millennium, Olympique Lyonnais were kings of Ligue 1, winning seven titles in a row up to the 2007/08 season. Fans then enjoyed five straight different champions, until Paris Saint-Germain, under the financial guidance of QSI, seized control of power. PSG’s dominance has […]

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Preview: Troyes vs Saint-Etienne – Coupe de France


The early triple-header on Wednesday sees les Verts visiting the lanterne rouge. Troyes are bottom of the table with 11 points, 16 away from safety, and have recently sacked manager Claude Robin after less than two months in charge; he took over in early December from Jean-Marc Furlan who got them promoted as Ligue 2 Champions last season. Given ESTAC’s situation, a transfer window fire-sale […]

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Preview: Sarre-Union vs Lorient – Coupe de France


With big names such as Metz, Nancy and Strasbourg already out, lowly Sarre-Union are left to represent the Alsace-Lorraine region in the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France, as they host Ligue 1’s Lorient. One of three fourth-tier CFA teams remaining in the competition, Sarre-Union reached this stage with an impressive win over Ligue 2 side Chamois Niortais […]

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Preview: Granville vs Bourg-en-Bresse – Coupe de France


Fifth tier Granville will fly the flag for the CFA2 this week as they host Ligue 2 Bourg-en-Bresse as the lowest-ranked team remaining in the Coupe de France. In the previous round their Stade Louis-Dior was full as they beat their CFA2 peers Sarreguemines 3-1 thanks to two goals in the final six minutes. Top scorer Thomas Vauvy was the […]

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Preview: Sochaux vs Monaco – Coupe de France

Monaco in CDF

Distractions, distractions – both teams here may be wondering if a cup run falls into the category ‘good thing’ or ‘bad thing’, but for rather different reasons. Sochaux are languishing in 19th place in Ligue 2, and their supporters are writing open letters to voice their concerns about the new owners who arrived in the summer, Chinese LED-manufacturers Ledus (not the […]

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