• Thursday, 19 August 2010

    Ligue 1 round 3 previews

    Lyon v Brest
    Lens v Monaco
    Nice v Nancy
    Rennes v St Etienne
    Toulouse v Arles
    Marseille v Lorient
    Auxerre v Valenciennes
    Montpellier v Caen
    Sochaux v Lille
    PSG v Bordeaux

    Finally the saga of Loic Remy is over. He's joined Marseille as a direct replacement for erstwhile captain Mamadou Niang as OM look to get their season on track against Lorient. It's been miserable so far for the champions and the first quarter of the game here it key. If they're off it again and the crowd start to get on their backs, it could all turn a bit ugly and Lorient, no mugs, are perfectly capable of capitalising. Fellow strugglers Bordeaux and Lyon are also looking to get their seasons on track. Lyon have the easier task as they face Brest at home, but Bordeaux have to go to the capital where PSG - not exactly fluent themselves - will be out to add further misery to the start of Jean Tigana's reign at Les Girondins.

    Caen and Toulouse lead the way and the former go to Montpellier. They're clearly not afraid of anyone and while they may respect Montpellier for what they achieved last year - indeed, laid down the blueprint for Caen to follow - they're not going to be overawed. Toulouse lost André-Pierre Gignac in week one and Xavier Pentecote, for six months, in week two. They must be dreading week three, but there they sit at the top of the tree. They're at home to Arles and even continuing with Daniel Braaten up front on his own, they must fancy making it three from three.

    Nice begin life post-Remy at home to Nancy. Can they find the goals? Auxerre come back from a tough trip to St Petersburg in the Champions League with a home game against Valenciennes. Like Nice, it's hard to see where goals are coming from for AJA. Monaco have a long trip north to Lens, struggling Sochaux face Lille and St Etienne are at Rennes, looking to build on a decent win last time out.

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