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Michael Taylor 22nd Oct 2009 - 14:25

French Ligue 1 Opta Facts - 24-25 October

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Bordeaux - Le Mans

  • Bordeaux have suffered two consecutive defeats in Ligue 1, for the first time since February 2007.
  • Bordeaux have won their last three league encounters against Le Mans.
  • Le Mans have managed to score four goals in their last two trips to Bordeaux in Ligue 1.
  • Bordeaux remain unbeaten in their last 37 home matches in the top flight, winning the last 11.
  • Le Mans and Grenoble are the only teams to have lost all of their away matches this season in Ligue 1.
  • Le Mans have failed to score in their last three away fixtures in Ligue 1.
  • Le Mans have conceded nine goals in the last 30 minutes of play, a league-high.
  • Since last season, Bordeaux have won only 17% of their Ligue 1 matches without playmaker Yoann Gourcuff in the starting lineup.
  • Ex Liverpool striker Anthony Le Tallec scored a brace against Bordeaux the last time these sides met in the league.
  • Fernando Cavenaghi has netted three goals in the four competitive matches he has played against Le Mans.

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Boulogne-sur-Mer - Monaco

  • Boulogne have gone six consecutive league matches without a win, only Grenoble are on a worse run.
  • Monaco are the only Ligue 1 side to have won their last two away matches.
  • Monaco are currently fourth, at the same stage last season, they were 15th.
  • League top scorer Nene has scored as many goals as the entire Boulogne team: seven.
  • The four goals scored by Boulogne at Stade de la Liberation this season have come in the 15 minutes previous to half time.

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Grenoble - Nancy

  • Grenoble have made the worst ever start of a French top division season, with nine consecutive defeats. Across the five top leagues, surprisingly, only Manchester United have done worse, in 1930/31 (12).
  • Since their return to the top flight last season, Grenoble have only netted nine goals in the first halves of their 47 league matches.
  • Grenoble failed to score a single goal in their two league meetings against Nancy last term.
  • May 16th 2009: it was the last time Grenoble avoided defeat at their ground in Ligue 1, Nancy were their opponents on that day (0-0).
  • No team has conceded as many goals as Nancy in 2009 in Ligue 1: 44.
  • Former Grenoble goalkeeper Grégory Wimbée saved 76% of the shots he faced last season, his replacements Jody Viviani (59%) and Ronan Le Crom (50%) have failed to reach the standards set by their predecessor.

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Nice - Lyon

  • The last time Nice managed to beat Lyon in the league was in 1995.
  • Lyon have won in six of their last eight trips to Nice in Ligue 1.
  • Three Nice players were sent off in the two meetings between these sides last season.
  • Nice have conceded the most goals this season: 20, twice as many as they had shipped at the same stage last season (10).
  • Defensive midfielder Jean II Makoun has netted three goals against Nice, his favorite opponent alongside Nantes.
  • Since last season, Lyon have won only 30% of their Ligue 1 matches played after a Champions League fixture.

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St Etienne - Valenciennes

  • Valenciennes have conceded 23 goals in their last six trips at St Etienne in Ligue 1 (3.8 on average).
  • Valenciennes are the most prolific side alongside Montpellier with 17 goals scored this season.
  • However, VAFC have conceded 15 goals, only two teams have shipped more.
  • The four goals scored by Valenciennes striker Mamadou Samassa this season have opened the scoring.
  • St Etienne striker Ilan has scored six goals in his last 10 league appearances.
  • St Etienne new signing Gonzalo Bergessio has scored three goals in his three matches played at Geoffroy-Guichard.
  • St Etienne manager Alain Perrin has never lost against Valenciennes.
  • This match will be refereed by Christian Guillard, who has shown four red cards in the four league matches he has been in charge of this season.

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Sochaux - Lorient

  • Lorient have never been defeated at Bonal stadium in the league (four draws, one win).
  • The last three Lorient trips to Sochaux have ended 1-1.
  • Sochaux have never kept a clean sheet against Lorient in Ligue 1.
  • Lorient have racked up 10 points out of a possible 12 in the last four match days, only Auxerre have displayed such form.
  • Four of Sloan Privat's five league goals have been scored coming from the bench.
  • Since arriving in the summer of 2008, Kevin Gameiro has already scored more goals at Lorient (18 in all competitions) than in his four seasons at Strasbourg (17).
  • Olivier Monterrubio has managed the most assists this season in Ligue 1: four.
  • None of the last 14 league matches involving Sochaux have ended in a draw, currently the longest run in the league.

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Rennes - Montpellier

  • Rennes have conceded the fewest goals (six), while Montpellier have scored the most (17 alongside Valenciennes).
  • Montpellier have managed three consecutive wins, currently the longest run alongside Auxerre.
  • Montpellier have 20 points, the best start of a season by a promoted team since the three-point rule was introduced in 1994.
  • 76% of Montpellier's goals have been netted in the second half, the highest ratio this season in League 1.
  • Montpellier are the only side to have scored in every match day this season in Ligue 1.
  • Montpellier have lost six of their last seven trips to Rennes in Ligue 1.
  • Rennes have failed to score a single goal in their last three league fixtures.
  • None of Asamoah Gyan's four league goals this season have been scored at home.

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Auxerre - Lille

  • Auxerre are unbeaten in their last six league matches, currently the longest run.
  • Auxerre have racked up 49 points in 2009, only Bordeaux (64), Marseille (62) and Lyon (53) have done better.
  • Lille have won three of their last four trips to Auxerre in the league.
  • Auxerre have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three league encounters against Lille.
  • Auxerre have kept five clean sheets, only champions Bordeaux have kept as many.
  • Lille have led in only three matches, Grenoble are the only side two have taken the lead in fewer fixtures (zero).
  • Tulio de Melo's only two league goals with Lille were netted last season against Auxerre on match day six.

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Lens - Toulouse

  • Lens are unbeaten in their last 10 league encounters against Toulouse.
  • Lens haven't won in six consecutive league matches, only Grenoble currently suffer a worse run.
  • Toulouse have yet to win on the road this season in Ligue 1.
  • Lens have conceded a league-high six goals in the opening 15 minutes of play.
  • Toulouse have scored only one goal in their last four trips to Lens in the top flight.

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Marseille - Paris SG

  • 10 goals were scored in the two league encounters between these two sides last season.
  • Paris have only won only one of their last nine league meetings against arch rivals Marseille, it was on their last trip to stade Vélodrome (4-2).
  • PSG have failed to win their last five Ligue 1 fixtures.
  • Four defenders have managed to score against Paris SG this season in Ligue 1, a record.
  • PSG have conceded exactly one goal in their last four league matches.
  • Marseille have netted a league-high nine goals in the first half.
  • Bakari Kone has scored four goals in his last four appearances against Paris SG.
  • Paris SG have kept only one clean sheet this season.

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