Monday, October 05, 2009

Vive le Foot! (En Retard)

Vive la Foot!

A belated Vive le Foot this week since I found myself flying to the land of Ligue 1 overnight...sadly enough I will not be able to attend the PSG -Nancy tie in Paris…but my SF correspondent will be at the Emirates scouting some Frenchies vs. Blackburn…

Makelele: washed out, vicious, and referee's pet?

Boulogne lost the match of the promoted last weekend and will face a Lille side that destroyed Slavia Prague 5 - 1 in the last 15 minutes of their Europa League tie.

Boulogne - Lille 1 - 2

One wants to hope that Grenoble will finally earn a point after yet another woeful defeat against Auxerre. Montpellier is at an amazing 4th place…

Grenoble - Montpellier 1 - 1

Lens had a heavy loss at Le Mans and I can’t see them score much against Lyon. Les Gones had a laborious victory last weekend but confirmed easily at Debrecen with a cruel 0 - 4. The bench is deep, goals come from everywhere with the absence of Lisandro Lopez, Sidney Govou is back.

Lens - Lyon 1 - 3

Monaco had a surprising loss at home meaning that the rollercoaster continues. Meanwhile Didier Deschamps experienced two crushing defeats against a modest Valenciennes side and at Bernabeu on Wednesday. OM, an early season favorite seems to have confidence problems. I expect a very physical game…

Marseille - Monaco 3 - 2

Nice is still sinking with a terrible defense while Valenciennes has accumulated 10 points in their last four games.

Nice- Valenciennes 1 - 2

It is about time that PSG shows power after 2 disappointing draws but it was an entertaining week nevertheless for Paris when coach Kombouare declared “Lorient coach Gourcuff needs to get bitch slapped for saying Makelele had a sort of impunity from referees”. Expect a ravenous PSG side against a Nancy team that scores a lot but remains shaky in the back

PSG - Nancy 3 - 1

Rennes had to endure it first defeat against the reigning champion but they will easily get revenge against an Auxerre side that seems to finally be able to play well.

Rennes - Auxerre 3 - 0

Les Verts surprisingly beat Monaco away thanks to Bergessio (BRA) but they face an unbeaten Bordeaux side that has kept clean sheets since August 15th thanks to Cedric Carrasco now 3rd goalkeepeer in the national team hierarchy. Yohann Gourcuff (FRA) and Yohan Gouffran (FRA) are injured and the Girondins have shown signs of exhaustion in their Champions League victory . Time maybe for silent Fernando Cavanaugh (ARG) to make a comeback?

St Etienne - Bordeaux 1 - 2

Sochaux will have to fight against relegation this year while Le Mans likes to lose away. This is the dud match of the weekend.

Sochaux - Le Mans 1 - 1

Toulouse will be mourning the loss of their fan Brice Martin, murdered in Belgrad by Partizan fans and will be fighting for a clear victory. I can see Lorient getting them on the break and preserving once again their overachieving ways.

Toulouse - Lorient 2 - 2

1 - Bordeaux 19 pts

2 - Lyon 17 pts

3 - Marseille 14 pts

4 - Montpellier 14 pts

5 - Rennes 12 pts

18 - Sochaux - 6 pts

19 - Nice 5 pts

20 - Grenoble 0 pts

Only four good scores last weekend…

The Frenchman!

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