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Nic Ladds 12th Aug 2009 - 16:11

French Ligue 1 Opta Facts: 15-16 August

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15 August

Lens – Auxerre

  • Auxerre travel to Lens, where they suffered the worst defeat of their history in the top flight, 0-7 in August 2005.
  • Auxerre have been defeated in their last four trips to Felix Bollaërt in the league, failing to score a single goal in the last three.
  • Lens have scored at least once in each of their last 12 home matches against Auxerre in the top flight.
  • Lens have only conceded two goals in their last six league encounters against Auxerre.
  • Lens defender Yoann Demont has netted three goals against Auxerre, he hasn’t scored more against any other side.
  • Only one of Auxerre’s last 23 away league fixtures has ended in a draw.

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Lorient – Montpellier

  • Lorient have always scored when facing Montpellier in Ligue 1 (four encounters).
  • Lorient won 3-0 in of their last two meetings against Montpellier, in the 2005/06 season in Ligue 2.
  • Montpellier had only taken two points from their last 13 away matches in their previous season in the top flight (2003/04).
  • Lorient have only won two of their last 10 home matches in the league.
  • Lorient striker Marama Vahirua has scored three goals in his last four league appearances.

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Lyon – Valenciennes

  • Valenciennes have kept a clean sheet in their last two league meetings against Lyon.
  • Valenciennes have not won at Gerland in the league since the 1977/78 season.
  • Johan Audel has netted four goals in his last four league appearances, including a brace against Lyon on May 2nd 2009.
  • French international Sidney Govou has scored twice in his last three appearances against Valenciennes.
  • Lyon have scored six goals in their last two home fixtures in the league.
  • Lyon’s new signing Lisandro Lopez scored a goal and assisted another on his league debut last weekend.
  • Valenciennes have failed to win any of their last 35 away matches, currently the longest run in Ligue 1.

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Nancy – Monaco

  • Monaco took the three points in both of their encounters against Nancy last season in the league.
  • Monaco have failed to score in their last three away matches in Ligue 1.
  • None of their last nine league encounters at Marcel Picot have ended in a draw.
  • Monaco’s attacking midfielder Nene has scored or assisted 17 goals in 30 league appearances for the club.
  • Monaco have won six of their last eight visits at Nancy in Ligue 1.

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Paris SG – Le Mans

  • Paris have beaten Le Mans in four of their last five league meetings.
  • Le Mans have never scored more than once, in their 10 league encounters against PSG.
  • Le Mans have failed to win their last seven Ligue 1 fixtures – currently the longest run.
  • Paris have only won one of their last seven matches in Ligue 1.
  • Le Mans have only won one of their last 15 away matches in the league.
  • Paris SG have won 52% of their league matches when striker Guillaume Hoarau has been on the pitch and 33% without him.

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Sochaux – Bordeaux

  • Bordeaux have kept a clean sheet in their last five league meetings against Sochaux, winning four, drawing one.
  • Bordeaux have won 12 consecutive league fixtures, a new record in French top flight football.
  • Valclav Sverkos has netted nine goals in 20 league appearances for Sochaux.
  • Both teams share the longest run without a goalless draw in the league: 23 matches, their last 0-0 was when Bordeaux last travelled to Sochaux in November 2008.
  • Sochaux have won seven of their last 10 home fixtures in the top flight.

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Toulouse – St Etienne

  • Toulouse have only won three of their last 18 league matches against St Etienne.
  • André-Pierre Gignac has scored three goals in his last two league appearances against St Etienne.
  • Toulouse conceded the fewest goals at home last season in the league – 8.
  • St Etienne held the worst away record last season in Ligue 1, taking only nine points in 19 matches on the road.
  • St Etienne have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 20 away fixtures, currently the longest run in the league.

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Nice – Rennes

  • Rennes are unbeaten in their last six encounters against Nice in Ligue 1.
  • Rennes have scored exactly one goal in each of their last eight matches against Nice in the league.
  • Ismael Bangoura has scored two goals in four appearances against Nice in the top flight.
  • Nice have failed to score in their last three home matches in Ligue 1.
  • Rennes have only won one of their last seven away matches in the league.

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16 August

Boulogne-sur-Mer – Grenoble

  • Grenoble have only lost once in 10 visits at Boulogne in the second division.
  • There has never been a goalless draw in 20 encounters between these two sides in Ligue 2.
  • Grégory Thil has netted four goals in his last five Ligue 2 appearances at home.
  • Grenoble scored more goals on the road (15) than at home (nine) last season in Ligue 1.
  • 67% of Grenoble goals last season were netted in the second half of matches, the highest ratio in 2008/09 in the top flight.

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Marseille – Lille

  • This match will be played on neutral ground; Marseille displayed a better record on the road (42 points) than at home (35) last season in Ligue 1.
  • Marseille have scored in the last 12 match days, currently the longest run alongside Bordeaux.
  • Mamadou Niang has scored more goals against Lille than against any other opponent in his career - 7.
  • Lille have scored six goals in their last three league meetings against Marseille.
  • Marseille have only lost once in their last 17 league fixtures.

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