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Nic Ladds 17th Sep 2009 - 18:44

French Ligue 1 Opta Facts - 19-20 September

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19 September

Boulogne v Bordeaux

  • Bordeaux are unbeaten in their last 16 league matches (15 wins, one draw), currently the longest run.
  • Bordeaux have scored the most goals in the league; 12.
  • Boulogne have won six of their last eight home fixtures in the league (Ligue 1 and 2), conceding only two goals in the process.
  • Bordeaux have kept a clean sheet in their last three league matches, currently the longest run alongside Montpellier.
  • Boulogne will be without striker and captain Gregory Thil, who has scored 36% of his side’s goals in the league since last season.
  • Yoann Gourcuff has scored or assisted six goals this season in the top flight, a league-high.

Grenoble v Rennes

  • Grenoble have lost their last six league fixtures, currently the longest run, and the worst streak in their history in the top flight. Five of these six defeats have been by a one-goal difference.
  • Grenoble are without a win in their last 10 Ligue 1 matches, also the longest run this season.
  • Grenoble have conceded a league-high six goals before the half time break, while Rennes have been the most prolific side during that period alongside Bordeaux and Lyon (five goals).
  • Grenoble have only scored one goal in their last five home matches in Ligue 1.
  • Rennes have only won one of their last nine away fixtures in the top flight.
  • Rennes have beaten Grenoble 1-0 in their last two competitive meetings, courtesy of a Moussa Sow goal on both occasions.

Lorient v Nancy

  • Lorient are unbeaten in their last five home fixtures in the league (two wins, three draws).
  • However, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 of their last 12 home matches in the top flight.
  • Nancy have only scored one goal in four trips to Lorient in the top flight.
  • Both sides have received the most yellow cards this season (13).
  • Kevin Gameiro has scored three goals in his last two matches against Nancy.
  • 16 goals gave been scored in Nancy’s last four away matches in the league.
  • Eight different players have scored for Nancy, a league-high.

Nice v Monaco

  • For the first time since January 2007, Nice have suffered three consecutive defeats in the league.
  • Four Monaco players have been sent off in the last three league meetings against Nice.
  • Monaco have failed to score in their last five away matches, currently the longest run in the league.
  • Monaco are unbeaten in their last three trips to Nice in the league (one win, two draws).
  • Nice have conceded the most goals this season (10).
  • Nice have failed to score in their last three league fixtures, currently the longest goal drought in Ligue 1.
  • Monaco’s Brazilian winger Nene has scored or assisted 19 goals in 34 league appearances for his club.

Sochaux v Valenciennes

  • 12-1 is the score of the biggest victory ever recorded in the French top flight, when Sochaux defeated Valenciennes in their first ever first division encounter in 1935.
  • Sochaux have only drawn once in 24 league matches this year, it was against Valenciennes on April 26th (1-1).
  • Valenciennes have only scored 14 goals in their last 37 away fixtures in the top flight.
  • Valenciennes have been defeated in four of their last five trips to Sochaux in Ligue 1, their last won at Bonal stadium was in 1979.
  • Sochaux have scored in 12 of their last 13 home matches in Ligue 1.
  • Sochaux have won 67% of their home matches in the league in 2009, after only winning 16% in 2008.

St Etienne v Auxerre

  • St Etienne are the only side yet to score after the half time break this season.
  • St Etienne are the least efficient side in Ligue 1 this season, having scored with only 4% of their attempts.
  • St Etienne have already lost four matches, only Grenoble have done worse.
  • Since last season, Auxerre have won 56% of their matches when Polish striker Ireneuzs Jelen has played, and only 12.4% without him.
  • St Etienne’s worst ever home defeat in the top flight came against Auxerre in 1995, 0-5.

Marseille v Montpellier

  • Montpellier have never won at Marseille (five defeats, nine draws).
  • For the first time since 1992, Montpellier are in the top three.
  • Montpellier have won their last three league matches, only Lyon have managed to do so.
  • Montpellier have kept three consecutive clean sheets, currently the longest run alongside Bordeaux.
  • Montpellier are the only side yet to concede a goal in the first half.
  • Attacking duo Brandao-Mamadou Niang is responsible for five of Marseille’s six goals this season.
  • Montpellier playmaker Alberto Costa has netted four goals in his last five league appearances for Montpellier (Ligue 1 and 2).

20 September

Lens v Lille

  • Lille have only lost three of their last 18 trips to Lens in the league.
  • Lens have only managed to take one point from their last four league derbies against Lille (three defeats, one draw).
  • Lille were unbeaten against promoted sides last season (five wins and one draw).
  • Gervinho has scored a goal in both of his two competitive matches against Lens.
  • Lille have only scored one goal in their last four away matches in the top flight.

Toulouse v Le Mans

  • Toulouse have only conceded four goals in 11 home matches in Ligue 1 in 2009.
  • Le Mans have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 league matches, currently the longest run.
  • Le Mans have only won one of their last 17 away fixtures in the top flight.
  • Toulouse won both league encounters against Le Mans last season.
  • Norwegian international Thorstein Helstad has netted three goals in his last four starts for Le Mans.
  • Last season’s top scorer André-Pierre Gignac has only scored once in his five appearances this season in the league.

Paris Saint-Germain v Lyon

  • PSG have only won one of their last eight league meetings against Lyon.
  • However Paris managed to keep a clean sheet in both of their matches against Claude Puel’s side last season.
  • One Lyon player has been sent off in each of OL’s last two trips to the capital.
  • 60% of Lyon’s goals have been netted by new signings, a league-high.
  • For the first time in 2009, Lyon have managed four consecutive wins in the league, currently the longest run.
  • Paris have won their two home fixtures this season, scoring six goals in the process.

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