Saturday Ligue 1 Bastia – Montpellier Preview

Bastia – Montpellier

The Corsicans have some injuries in defence. Both Harek and Modeste are ruled out, although the former might not have started anyway. The big blow for Bastia is that key playmaker Wahbi Khazri will miss out again, and they are so much more dangerous when he’s in the side. SCB played on Wed night in the CDL, although rested a bunch of first team regulars so shouldn’t be too affected by that match. Montpellier have a couple of new injuries, the most notable to midfielder Jamel Saihi. They s Continue reading

Saturday Ligue 1 St Etienne – Nantes Preview

Nantes – St Etienne

Both teams have squads in very good condition, you could argue that neither has an injury of any importance. Kurt Zouma continues to be suspended for Sainte, but they’ve been used to this for a while now. Nantes might have both a physical and mental advantage ahead of this match though. Both teams played in the midweek CDL but Nantes had a mu Continue reading

Friday Ligue 2 Pre Match Analysis & Picks (Part I)

Nancy – Laval

The hosts have midfielder Amadou Coulibaly suspended, but he’s not an important loss and probably wouldn’t have started here anyway. Nancy have had a very settled squad recently which always helps matters, injuries and suspensions have been at a minimum, although they still have attacker Benjamin Moukandjo injured on the sidelines. This will be the 4th straight game he misses and theres’ no doubt that their attacking capabilities are more limited without him in the side. Laval a Continue reading

Thursday Ligue 2 Lens – Istres Preview

Lens – Istres

The hosts don’t have any important players ruled out through injury or suspension. It’s worth nothing that key defender Yahia was rated doubtful, but he’s included in the squad and should start. Lens are much more solid at the back when he plays, the guy is a complete rock. There are also doubts surrounding striker Yoann Touzghar, but again just like Yahia he’s fit enough to make the squad so could feature. To be honest, it’s not the end of the world i Continue reading

Sunday Ligue 1 – Pre Match Analysis & Picks

Bordeaux – Valenciennes

Les Girondins only have one new injury for this match – wing back Julien Faubert. His loss won’t be felt much, even if he had been playing reasonably well recently. Fellow wide man Poundje is suspended, but with Lucas Orban returning he isn’t an important absentee. Bordeaux completely rested their whole team on Thursday night away against Maccabi Haifa in the EL. Their whole focus has clearly been upon this VA game and they should be completely fresh for it. Continue reading

Saturday Ligue 1 Pre Match Analysis & Picks (later games)

Ajaccio – Lorient

The hosts have 4 injuries and 4 suspensions here. They aren’t as badly affected at the back where only Ronald Zubar is ruled out. But they have a number of issues in midfield and attack. The likes of Cavalli, Pedretti, Lasne and Pierazzi are all ruled out and they are really lacking options in the middle of the park. Upfront, Adrian Mutu is still injured, and Belghazouani is suspended. Ajaccio still at least have some depth here though and the likes of Eduardo, Tallo, Oliech and Diarra can all feature. Lorient contin Continue reading