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Nic Ladds 19th Dec 2011 - 16:57

French Ligue 1 Opta Facts - 19th - 20th December

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Nancy v Marseille

Marseille have won the last five league matches between these sides.
Nancy have won just one of their last 10 home Ligue 1 matches against Marseille.
Marseille are winless in their last match of the calendar year since 2008.
Marseille have won just two of their last 11 away Ligue 1 matches.
As a manager, Didier Deschamps has won all of his five Ligue 1 matches against Nancy.
Daniel Niculae has scored three goals in his last three league starts at the Marcel-Picot stadium.
Despite scoring two goals in each of their last two games, Nancy are still the lowest-scoring side in Ligue 1 this season (16 goals).

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Auxerre v Dijon

Auxerre have lost two of their last three league matches against newly promoted opposition.
Dijon have kept just one away clean sheet in Ligue 1.
Auxerre have kept just one clean sheet at home this term in Ligue 1.
Auxerre have suffered eight defeats in their last 10 competitive games.
Dijon have conceded more goals on the road than any other team in Ligue 1 this season (20).
Auxerre have won all of their three home games this season against sides currently ranked in the bottom five spots.

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Evian TG v Montpellier

Evian Thonon Gaillard are on a run of three consecutive home wins in Ligue 1.
Montpellier are without a win in two consecutive league games for the first time since last October.
Montpellier have conceded at least one goal in 12 of their last 13 away league matches.
This season, Montpellier have scored eight goals in their two league matches against newly promoted sides.
Olivier Giroud is the only player with a hat-trick of goals and assists in league games across the top 5 European leagues this term.
Yannick Sagbo has scored four goals in his last four league appearances at home.
The last 11 league matches involving ETG have all seen both teams score.

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Lille v Nice

Lille are unbeaten in their last eight league meetings against Nice; six of these matches have ended as draws.
Lille have set a new club record of 16 consecutive Ligue 1 games without defeat.
The last four league encounters between these sides at the Stadium Nord have all ended 1-1.
Nice's last away win against a Ligue 1 title holder came in April 2005, since then, Les Aiglons are winless in 11 attempts.
Nice have picked up a league-low one point away from home this season in Ligue 1.
Moussa Sow has scored 20 goals in just 23 league starts for Lille at the Stadium Nord.
Nice are the only side who have yet to score first in an away game this season in Ligue 1.

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Lorient v Caen

Caen have lost their last four league matches, currently the longest run in Ligue 1.
Lorient are on a run of three consecutive Ligue 1 defeats.
Caen are one of only three teams who are undefeated at the Moustoir stadium in Ligue 1 history.
Lorient have beaten Caen only once in their six previous Ligue 1 encounters.
Caen have yet to keep a clean sheet on the road this season in Ligue 1.
Benjamin Nivet has scored the second-most goals from penalties this season in Ligue 1 (four).
A league-high 78% of Lorient's goals this season in Ligue 1 have been scored in the second half of games.

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Rennes v Bordeaux

Bordeaux have lost just one of their last six trips to Rennes in Ligue 1.
Rennes have suffered 40 Ligue 1 defeats against Bordeaux, they have only lost more matches against Monaco (41).
Rennes v Bordeaux was one of only two fixtures without a single goal at either venue last season in Ligue 1.
Rennes are unbeaten at home this season in all competitions; eight of their 13 games have ended in a draw.
Bordeaux have won only two of their last 14 away Ligue 1 matches.
During his managerial career, Frédéric Antonetti has won just one of 11 previous Ligue 1 encounters against Francis Gillot, losing on six occasions.

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Sochaux v Ajaccio

Sochaux have won their last seven home games against Ajaccio in Ligue 1.
There have been only two draws in 20 previous Ligue 1 meetings between Sochaux and Ajaccio.
Sochaux have suffered two consecutive home defeats in the league for the first time since 2009/10.
This season, Sochaux have drawn both of their two league matches against newly promoted sides.
During their respective managerial careers, Mecha Bazdarevic and Olivier Pantaloni have between themselves won just 23 of a combined 136 matches.
Sochaux have not scored from open play in 669 minutes of Ligue 1 action.

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Toulouse v Brest

Brest have won just once in 18 previous Ligue 1 encounters against Toulouse, which is their worst win percentage (6%) against any top-flight opponent faced in more than one season.
Brest have never managed to win at Toulouse in the top flight (three draws and six defeats).
Toulouse have lost just one of their last 12 home league matches.
Brest have won just one of their last 22 away matches in Ligue 1.
Following their 2-0 at Bordeaux in October 2010, Brest have failed to score more than one goal in any away match in Ligue 1.
Valenciennes - Lyon

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Valenciennes v Lyon

Lyon have failed to win any of their last three trips to Valenciennes in Ligue 1, conceding six goals in the process.
Lyon have won their last four league matches, currently the longest run. Les Gones are on a run of five consecutive wins in all competitions.
Valenciennes have lost just one of their last 19 home league matches.
83% of Valenciennes goals at the Hainault stadium in Ligue 1 this season have come in the second half of games.
Lisandro has scored 15 goals in his last 18 Ligue 1 starts.

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St Etienne v Paris SG

Paris SG have won just one of their last 10 trips to St Etienne in the league.
St Etienne have picked up more points than any other side in the last five matchdays (13).
St Etienne have scored twice in five consecutive Ligue 1 matches for the first time since 1980.
PSG are unbeaten in their last five league encounters against St Etienne, winning twice and drawing on three occasions.
St Etienne have won just 33% of their home games against PSG (10 out of 30), their lowest win percentage against any current Ligue 1 opponent.
St Etienne have scored in all of their last 15 league matches at their Geoffroy Guichard stadium.
Kevin Gameiro has scored more away goals than any other player this season in Ligue 1 (seven).

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