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Michael Taylor 15th Oct 2009 - 8:30

French Ligue 1 Opta Facts - 17-18 October

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Auxerre-Bordeaux

  • Bordeaux have won their last four league meetings against Auxerre.
  • Auxerre are unbeaten in their last five Ligue 1 matches, only Lyon are currently on a longer undefeated run.
  • Auxerre have only scored twice in their last 10 league encounters against Bordeaux.
  • Auxerre matches have produced the fewest goals this season in the top flight: 13.
  • Bordeaux lost on the previous match day, after having been unbeaten on 22 consecutive matches in all competitions.
  • Wendel has scored three goals in his last two trips to Auxerre.

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Le Mans-Boulogne-sur-Mer

  • Le Mans have won six of their last seven league matches against Northern sides (Nord-Pas-de-Calais region), keeping a clean sheet in the last four.
  • Five of Boulogne's six goals have been netted in the 15 minutes before half time; they are the most prolific side in the league during that period.
  • 100% of Le Mans' overall point tally this season has been picked up at home. They are the only team to have only relied on home performances.
  • Boulogne have lost their three matches without their talismanic striker Grégory Thil, who is currently injured.

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Lille-Rennes

  • Rennes have failed to win any of their 22 trips to Lille in the league.
  • Rennes have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight league encounters against Lille.
  • Lille have scored eight goals in their last two competitive matches.
  • Lille have conceded the most headed goals this season in the top flight: six.
  • Pierre-Alain Frau has scored four goals; he hadn't been as prolific over the course of a season in Ligue 1 since 2005/06.
  • Gervinho has netted four goals in his last five competitive appearances for Lille.

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Lorient-Nice

  • Lorient are undefeated in their last six home matches in Ligue 1.
  • Nice have won only one of their last 10 away matches in the league.
  • Nice are unbeaten in their last three trips to Moustoir stadium, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
  • Lorient have only scored only two goals in their last six league meetings against Nice.
  • David Ospina (Nice) has conceded more goals than any other goalkeeper this season in the top flight: 15.
  • Nice have conceded the most penalties this season in the league: three.

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Lyon-Sochaux

  • Lyon are undefeated in their last 13 league encounters against Sochaux (10 wins, three draws).
  • Lyon have managed more wins against Sochaux than against any other opponent in the league: 43.
  • Lyon are unbeaten in their last 12 league fixtures, currently the longest run.
  • Lyon have conceded the fewest goals this season in the top flight: five.
  • Sochaux are the last visiting team to have scored more than twice at Gerland stadium (3-3 in February 2007).
  • Sochaux have been defeated in their last three away matches in the league.

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Monaco-Lens

  • Lens have scored only one goal in their last 10 trips to Monaco in Ligue 1.
  • None of the last 15 Ligue 1 meetings between these two sides has seen Lens score more than one goal.
  • No team has managed more wins against Lens than Monaco in the French top flight: 43
  • Lens have failed to win any of their last five league fixtures, only Grenoble currently suffer a worse run.
  • Monaco attacking trio Nene (five goals), Alejandro Alonso (two) and Chu Young Park (two) have netted nine of their side's 11 goals.

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Montpellier-St Etienne

  • Montpellier have 17 points, no promoted side had enjoyed such a successful start since Nice in 2002/03 (also 17 points after eight matches).
  • Their last meeting in the top flight was in February 2000; St Etienne won 5-4.
  • Montpellier have scored a league-high eight goals from set pieces.
  • St Etienne have won their last two league matches against sides ranked in the top five.
  • St Etienne are the most prolific team in Ligue 1 in the first 30 minutes with six goals. However Montpellier are the only team yet to concede a goal during that period.
  • Montpellier central defenders Emir Spahic and Nenad Dzodic have scored five goals between themselves.

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Nancy-Marseille

  • Marseille have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six league meetings against Nancy.
  • Marseille have lost their last three competitive matches, their worst run since 2006.
  • Marseille have only lost once in their last eight trips at Nancy in the league (four draws, three wins).
  • Nancy striker Youssouf Hadji has netted four goals in his last four league appearances. The Moroccan international has scored in his last two matches against OM.
  • Current league top scorer Mamadou Niang has scored at least 10 goals in his last four seasons in the top flight.
  • Mamadou Niang has netted six goals in seven competitive appearances against Nancy in the league.

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Toulouse-Paris SG

  • Toulouse have bagged 10 points out of a possible 12 in their last four league meetings against PSG.
  • Paris' last three league fixtures have ended 1-1; Antoine Kombouare's men have drawn the most matches this season in Ligue 1: four.
  • Toulouse have already lost more home matches (three) this season than last term (two) in all competitions.
  • Last season's top scorer André-Pierre Gignac has scored only once after eight match days, at the same stage last season, he had already netted five.
  • Midfielder Moussa Sissoko has scored or assisted four of Toulouse's seven goals this season in the league.

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Valenciennes-Grenoble

  • Five of the six top flight clashes between these two sides have ended in a draw.
  • Grenoble have suffered nine consecutive defeats in the league (last season included), only four sides have done worse in the history of the French top division.
  • This is the first time a team loses their opening eight matches.
  • Valenciennes matches have produced the most goals this season in the league: 30.
  • Valenciennes have won the most points coming back from losing positions: eight, however they have also lost the most points after having taken the lead: six.
  • Valenciennes are the only side to have taken more points on the road (six) than at home (four).
  • Three of Grenoble's four goals have been scored by Daniel Ljuboja: 75%, the highest ratio this season in Ligue 1.

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