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Michael Taylor 20th Aug 2009 - 19:38

French Ligue 1 Opta Facts - 22-23 August

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Auxerre v Lyon

  • Lyon are unbeaten in their last nine visits at l’Abbé-Deschamps in the league.
  • Auxerre kept a clean sheet in both matches against Lyon last season.
  • Auxerre have only managed to beat Lyon once in the last 18 league meetings between these two sides.
  • Auxerre are the only side yet to score after two match days in Ligue 1.
  • Lyon have only won one of their last five away matches in the top flight.
  • Auxerre have lost their last three matches in the league.
  • Auxerre’s biggest ever league victory was against Lyon, 7-0 at home on October 25th.

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Le Mans v Nancy

  • Nancy have never won at Léon-Bollée in the top flight (two defeats, two draws).
  • Nancy have scored seven goals in two matches, for the first time since 1984/85.
  • Le Mans have conceded five goals so far, no team has shipped more in the two opening fixtures.
  • Le Mans haven’t won in eight consecutive fixtures in the league, currently the longest run.
  • Five of the eight league meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw.
  • Nancy’s new signing Paul Alo’ Efoulou has netted a brace in his first ever top flight appearance, on match day 2.

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Monaco v Lorient

  • Lorient have never won at Louis II (four defeats, one draw).
  • Lorient have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 18 league matches, currently the longest run.
  • Monaco have only scored twice in their last seven fixtures in the top flight.
  • Monaco have kept only one clean sheet in their last eight home matches in Ligue 1.
  • Olivier Monterrubio has scored six goals against Monaco, his second-favourite opponent after Toulouse (seven).

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Montpellier v Sochaux

  • Sochaux have taken the three points in their last two visits at La Mosson in the top flight.
  • Montpellier have failed to scored more than one goal in their last 15 league encounters against Sochaux.
  • Sochaux have won 1-0 in their last to away fixtures in Ligue 1.
  • The six goals scored in the two matches involving Montpellier came after the 60th minute.
  • American international Charlie Davies has scored three goals in his last two competitive appearances (for the USA on August 12th and for Sochaux on August 15th).

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St Etienne v Boulogne-sur-Mer

  • St Etienne have conceded five goals, only Le Mans have shipped as many in the two opening fixtures.
  • Boulogne striker Grégory Thil has scored 11 goals in his last 11 league appearances (Ligue 1 & Ligue 2).
  • These teams last met in the league in the 1962/63 season in the second division, the encounter produced 11 goals over the two legs.
  • St Etienne goalkeeper Jérémie Janot has conceded the most goals in Ligue 1 in 2009 – 29.
  • St Etienne are unbeaten in their last nine home fixtures against northern sides in the league (eight wins and one draw).

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Valenciennes v Paris SG

  • Valenciennes are unbeaten in their last seven league meetings against Paris SG (five draws, two wins).
  • PSG’s only win in 11 league trips to Valenciennes was in 1977.
  • Four of the last five PSG visits at Nungesser in the league have ended in a draw.
  • Paris striker Mevlut Erding has netted three goals in his last four appearances in the top flight.
  • Valenciennes have failed to score in only one of their last 13 home matches in the league.
  • Paris haven’t scored more than one goal on the road since February.
  • PSG manager Antoine Kombouaré – formerly at Valenciennes – has failed to win his last 36 away fixtures in the league.

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Rennes v Marseille

  • The last Marseille trip to Rennes produced the most prolific encounter of the 2008/09 season: eight goals were scored in a 4-4 thriller.
  • Marseille scored eight goals against Rennes last season in Ligue 1 (4-4 & 4-0).
  • Marseille have scored in the last 13 match days; only title holders Bordeaux currently maintain such a prolific streak.
  • Marseille have kept a clean sheet in their last three Ligue 1 fixtures, currently the longest run.
  • No team has scored as many goals against Rennes as Marseille have, in the history of the top flight – 150.
  • Marseille have won 78% of the matches that Brandao has played in the league (14 out of 18).
  • Mamadou Niang has netted three goals in his last two appearances against Rennes in the league.

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Bordeaux v Nice

  • Nice have only taken two points from their last 20 visits at Bordeaux in the league (18 defeats, two draws).
  • Bordeaux remain unbeaten in their last 34 home matches in the league – currently the longest run.
  • Bordeaux have won their last 13 Ligue 1 matches, a record in the history of the first division.
  • Marouane Chamakh has scored in each of Bordeaux’s last four home fixtures in Ligue 1. He is the league top scorer with three goals.
  • Three penalties have been awarded in the last two league encounters between these sides.

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Grenoble v Lens

  • Grenoble have failed to win any of their last seven league fixtures.
  • Grenoble have failed to score in their last four home matches in the top flight.
  • Grenoble have failed to score more than once in their last 13 fixtures in Ligue 1.
  • Lens haven’t won any of their last four away matches in the league (Ligue 1 & Ligue 2).
  • Lens were defeated in their two trips to Grenoble in the top flight, in 1961 and 1963.

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Lille v Toulouse

  • Toulouse have only won one of their last eight away fixtures in Ligue 1.
  • Lille have failed to score in only one of their last 23 home fixtures in the top flight.
  • Lille have only won one of their last 11 encounters against Toulouse in the league.
  • Last season’s top scorer André-Pierre Gignac has never netted a goal in six appearances against Lille in all competitions.
  • However, the French international has netted five goals in his last four appearances on the road in Ligue 1.
  • Lille have lost their two opening matches for the first time since 1995/96.

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