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Michael Taylor 13th Mar 2009 - 16:34

French Ligue 1 Opta Facts: 14-15 March

William Hill and Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading sports performance data providers, have teamed up so you can get some great insight into this weekend's French Ligue 1 action.

Saturday 20:00 Bordeaux v Nice View facts Bet Now
Saturday 18:00 Caen v Lille
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Sunday 16:00 Grenoble v St Etienne
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Saturday 18:00 Le Mans v Rennes
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Lyon v Auxerre
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Saturday 18:00 Monaco v Toulouse
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Saturday 18:00 Nantes v Lorient
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Sunday 20:00 Paris SG v Marseille
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Saturday 18:00 Sochaux v Nancy
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Valenciennes v Le Havre
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Bordeaux v Nice

  • Their last three league meetings have been draws.
  • Nice haven’t lost against Bordeaux in their last four encounters in L1 (one win, three draws).
  • However Nice have only bagged two points in their last 19 visits at Bordeaux in the top flight (two draws, 17 defeats).
  • Bordeaux are unbeaten in their last 27 home league fixtures, currently the longest run in L1.
  • Bordeaux have only won one of their last six games in Ligue 1.
  • Bordeaux suffered their worst defeat this season in L1, last week at Toulouse (0-3).
  • Nice have failed to score in their last three league fixtures, currently the longest drought in L1.
  • Their top scorer Loïc Rémy (seven goals) hasn’t scored in 478 minutes.
  • Marouane Chamakh has been directly involved in Bordeaux’s last three goals in the league: he scored twice and assisted one.

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Caen v Lille

  • Lille have failed to score in their last four visits at Michel d’Ornano in the league.
  • Lille have also failed to score in their last three away fixtures in L1.
  • Caen haven’t won in 12 consecutive matches in L1, currently the longest run in L1 and their longest ever in the top flight.
  • Lille are unbeaten in four encounters against clubs currently occupying the relegation zone (three wins, one draw) however they have failed to keep a clean sheet in those games.
  • Caen’s Anthony Deroin has been directly involved in his side’s last three goals in the league (two goals, one assist).
  • Lille have yet to concede a goal in the opening 15 minutes this season.
  • 10 goals, nine assists, no player in L1 has been involved in more goals than Lille’s Michel Bastos.

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Grenoble v St Etienne

  • Grenoble won 2-0 in the first encounter between those sides this season, their largest win so far this season in L1.
  • St Etienne’s Brazilian striker Ilan has scored four goals in the league this season, with two braces.
  • St Etienne have only won one of their last 14 away league fixtures, failing to keep a clean sheet in all of these games.
  • Grenoble have only scored six goals at Stade des Alpes this season in L1, however two of these were netted last week against Caen.
  • Grenoble’s centre back Sandy Paillot has scored three of his side’s last five goals in L1.
  • St Etienne have only picked up six points on the road, no other team has bagged fewer points away from home this season in the league.

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Le Mans v Rennes

  • Rennes have never won at Léon-Bollée in the top flight (three draws, one defeat).
  • However they remain undefeated in their last seven league encounters against MUC (two wins, four draws).
  • Jimmy Briand has scored six of Rennes’ last 10 goals in all competitions.
  • Rennes have only lost three times, a record this season in the league, however they have drawn a league-high 13 games.
  • Le Mans have kept a clean sheet in their last two home fixtures in the league.
  • Le Mans are unbeaten in the last four match days in L1 (three draws, one win).

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Lyon v Auxerre

  • Auxerre haven’t won at Gerland in the league since September 1995.
  • Auxerre have only scored once in the last five league meetings against Lyon.
  • Lyon are unbeaten against Auxerre in their last 17 L1 encounters.
  • Lyon haven’t lost in their last 24 home fixtures in the top flight.
  • Auxerre have lost their three away games against teams currently ranked in the top five positions, without scoring a single goal.
  • Auxerre have always lost when conceding first this season (12 times).
  • Last season, Karim Benzema scored in both legs of this confrontation, this season, Lyon have always won when he has scored in the league.

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Monaco v Toulouse

  • Toulouse won in their last two visits at Louis II in the league.
  • Toulouse are unbeaten in 12 league fixtures, currently the longest run in L1 and their longest since 1983/84.
  • Monaco have failed to score in their last three league meetings against Toulouse.
  • Monaco have only won one of their last 11 L1 matches.
  • André-Pierre Gignac has netted 52% of Toulouse’s goals; none of his team mates has scored more than twice.
  • Monaco have lost three out of four home games this season against teams currently ranked in the top five.

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Nantes v Lorient

  • Lorient have won in their last three L1 meetings against Nantes, scoring eight goals in the process.
  • Lorient midfielder Fabrice Abriel has scored in two of these wins.
  • There hasn’t been a goalless draw at La Beaujoire this season in L1.
  • Lorient have lost their last three L1 fixtures, currently the longest run.
  • Lorient haven’t won in nine match days, only Caen currently suffer a longer winless run.
  • Croatia international Ivan Klasnic has scored three of Nantes’ last four goals.
  • Four of Lorient’s last five goals have been assisted by Marama Vahirua.

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Paris SG v Marseille

  • Thanks to their 4-2 win in the first meeting this season, PSG put an end to a seven-games winless run against arch rivals Marseille in L1.
  • Marseille are unbeaten in their last three visits at Parc des Princes in the league (two draws, one win).
  • OM have only lost one of their last 21 away fixtures in L1.
  • Mamadou Niang has scored in the last two league meetings between these two sides.
  • Marseille have kept five consecutive clean sheets – a record this season in the league.
  • Four PSG players have scored five goals or more (Guillaume Hoarau: 15, Ludovic Giuly: seven, Peguy Luyindula: five and Stéphane Sessègnon: five), a record this season in L1.
  • Both teams have always scored in their last five league encounters.

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Sochaux v Nancy

  • Their last three league meetings have ended 1-1.
  • Sochaux’s striker Mevlut Erding has scored in two of these matches.
  • Sochaux have always scored in the last 11 match days: a record this season.
  • Nancy have already conceded more goals in 2009 (18) than in the first half of the season (17).
  • Sochaux have given away 24 points after having taken the lead, a record this season.
  • Sochaux have won three of their last four home fixtures, scoring exactly one goal in each of these games.

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Valenciennes v Le Havre

  • Le Havre have always lost at Valenciennes in L1 (three defeats).
  • However they have won in their last three league meetings against VAFC, (one in L1, two in L2).
  • Valenciennes haven´t lost in 10 consecutive league fixtures.
  • Le Havre’s Amadou Alassane has scored 43% of his teams’ goals, only current L1 top scorer André-Pierre Gignac has a better ratio (52%).
  • Valenciennes have kept four consecutive clean sheets in L1.
  • Le Havre have been defeated in their last five away games in the league, currently the longest run.
  • Valenciennes have failed to win against promoted sides this season (three draws, two defeats).

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