Ligue 1 picks for the weekend ahead

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The 2017-18 Ligue 1 season is drawing to a close and there are still battles to be won across the division – especially in the battle for a European place.

With that in mind, we look at the players that are favourites to pick up some big points this time around.

Anthony Lopes, Lyon – 63 points

The Portuguese international sees his name in our picks thanks to his contribution to his side’s immense form.

With 14 clean sheets to his name, Lopes could well be in line for some additional points come the weekend. Continue reading

This weekend’s Ligue 1 picks

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Check out our picks ahead of the weekends Ligue 1 action!

Alphonse Areola, PSG – 93 point

The academy product has grown into a key member of the PSG squad, having spend time on loan at the likes of Villarreal.

With 15 clean sheets already registered, could he be an outsider for the World Cup?

Kamil Glik, Monaco – 52 points

Glik has secured an impressive 11 clean sheets this season for a Monaco side that have hit a rich vein of form and face Guingamp on the weekend.

The Polish centre back has been a stalwart of the Monaco team since his arrival at the club and will be a pivotal player in their upcoming tie.

Joris Gnagnon, Rennes – 39 points


Gnagnon  has kept nine clean sheets this campaign, as well as bagging a couple in the process.

His fifth placed side face Nantes this weekend as they pursue European football.

Presnel Kimpembe, PSG – 48 points

The Paris Saint-Germain academy player has continued to grow in stature for his side over 2017/18, becoming a regular performer for the super club.

Having secured 12 clean sheets for the champions-elect, the French centre back will be keen to add to that tally as his side travel to Saint-Etienne for some Friday football.

With his side traveling to Bordeaux, he will be hoping to add another as his side close in on the title.

Angel Di Maria, PSG – 83 points

The Argentine midfielder will be hoping for a big end of the season as the World Cup approaches and will be hoping to make an impact against a Bordeaux team that have won their last two matches.

With 11 goals and seven assists, the weekend’s game won’t be guaranteed but he’ll be a favourite to make a difference.

Florian Thauvin, Marseille – 108 points

The Frenchman’s exceptional campaign continues, with him now the highest scoring player in Ligue 1 – a formidable accomplishment.

With Marseille travelling to Lille, he will likely be confident of claiming a few more this weekend.

Nabil Fekir, Lyon – 80 points

Fekir has been the star of the campaign and will be hoping he can build upon his 16 goals in 2017/18.

He will likely look back at 2017/18 as a season that couldn’t have gone much better in a personal capacity in spite of his side’s shortcomings.

Marcos Lopes, Monaco – 83 points

Up against Guingamp, Lopes will be hoping to deliver the form that has seen him deliver 13 goals this season.

With a successful campaign under his belt, Lopes is finally showing he can fulfil the promise he showed at Manchester City.

Radamel Falcao, Monaco – 77 points

Falcao’s excellent season shows remains in the top bracket of world strikers.

With 18 goals this season, the iconic Columbian will be hoping to add to his tally.

Valere Germain, Marseille – 34 points

The former Monaco man’s side ace a struggling Lille and the 28-year-old will be keen to add to his eleven goals and five assists.

With Thauvin alongside him, the striker will be rightfully confident of achieving this.

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Ligue 1 picks for the weekend’s action

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Take a look at the players we tip to make an impact on their side’s fortunes as some fresh Ligue 1 action kicks off this weekend!

Anthony Lopes, Lyon – 44 points

The Portuguese international sees his name in our picks for the weekend for the second consecutive week having secured a clean sheet last time out.

With his side playing strugglers Metz this time around, Lopez will be hoping to add to his haul of 11 once again.

Djibril Sidibe, Monaco 36 points

With his side facing an off form Nantes, who suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat last time out, Continue reading

Ligue 1 Picks for the week ahead

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The absence of PSG in the weeks fixture list means there are plenty of opportunities for the stars from the rest of the league to shine this weekend. Here are our picks for the upcoming games.

Anthony Lopes, Lyon – 37 points

Having been at Lyon for 18 years, Lopes is something of a legendary figure at the club nowadays.

The French-born Portuguese keeper will be hoping to add to a haul of ten clean sheets across the campaign as they take on strugglers Toulouse.

Adil Rami, Marseille – 54 points Continue reading

Falcao’s Resurgence Complete: One of Best Strikers in Ligue 1

For two seasons, Radamel Falcao’s best form completely deserted him. Previously a prolific goal scorer for FC Porto, Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco, on loan from the Ligue 1 club to Manchester United and then Chelsea, the Colombian struggled to make a positive impact in the English Premier League.

In a combined 36 Premier League appearances, he scored just five goals, whilst unable to retain full fitness. Only occasionally did he show glimpses of his predatory instincts which along with his indefatigable work rate, combined to make him one of European football’s most feared strikers.

At one point, a fine instinctive finish on just his fourth appearance for Manchester United against Everton indicated he could become a success in English football. Despite his best efforts, he was unable to build upon that good start, as Falcao returned to Monaco from Chelsea after having made just one substitute appearance in his last seven months for a side then managed by Guus Hiddink.

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Rather than losing all his confidence following his disappointing and frustrating two years in England, the former River Plate striker, showed great determination and desire to re-establish himself as a key player for Monaco. He has done so, emphatically.

As well as ending his first season back in France as the third top goal scorer in Ligue 1 with 21 goals, with only Edinson Cavani and Alexandre Lacazette finding the net more often, Falcao excelled in the Champions League.

With Monaco reaching the semi-final, he scored seven times in ten appearances, including twice in the away leg of their last 16 encounter against Manchester City. His goals proved vital, as they enabled his team to advance on away goals after the tie ended 6-6 on aggregate.

The ghosts of the feared striker who scored regularly prior to his injury leading to World Cup 2014 (which he missed) did not torment Falcao but rather fueled his turnaround. He has continued to score at a great this season- he has already managed to find the back of the net 13 times in just 9 league appearances.

Now captain of Monaco, the club he initially joined from Porto in 2013, Falcao scored twice in the 6-1 destruction of Marseille. The class and confidence which he exuded prior to his disappointing spell in England has fully returned.

More than just being a great benefit to his current club Monaco and the Colombian national team as well as football in general, his resurgence serves as a timely reminder for those struggling to recover from serious injury. Work hard and put in the hours to rediscover your fitness and form but, above all, believe in yourself and you may end up a rejuvenated star like Falcao.

 

Deadline day moves trigger Fantasy Football switches

The transfer window slammed shut on leagues around the continent on Monday evening, and with some big deals coming along – as well as some surprising ones – we have many players in our Euro Fantasy League game who will be hoping to add to their existing tallies whilst wearing the shirts of a new club. Premier League outfit Man Utd seemed undoubtedly one of the busiest clubs, if not by way of quantity of players signed then certainly by way of engineering some big moves in the final days of the window, and capped it all off with a massive coup by signing Monaco striker Radamel Falcao on loan for the rest of the season. That was one of just several big deals that went through, however, so let’s take a quick look and see how these players may fare in their new surroundings.

We will start off with Falcao, as that was generally considered one of the biggest deals in Europe to go through on deadline day. The deal was confirmed just a few hours after the window itself shut, and the Colombian will be plying his trade in the Premier League after a fair few links to the league in recent years. The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have long since been reported as admirers, but new United boss Louis van Gaal was able to finally take the 28-year-old to English shores by way of a fairly big-money loan deal, which could be made permanent pending a further transaction in the region of some €45.00m in the summer according to some sources.

Falcao already has 40 points under his belt from his first three appearances of the season for parent club Monaco, though only one of those came as a starter, with two sub appearances. He also missed their 1-1 draw with Lille at the weekend, which sparked much speculation that he was on the move – and so it came to pass. He finds himself joining an already strong forward line, with new England captain Wayne Rooney featuring alongside Netherlands international Robin van Persie and Spaniard Juan Mata, with Belgian Adnan Januzaj another regular face at the heart of the Red Devils’ attack. There are plenty of quality attacking options now available to van Gaal, with Falcao’s arrival making those options look more and more daunting for opponents.

One man who will not be vying for a place among that group is Danny Welbeck, who completed a deadline-day £16m move from Old Trafford to Arsenal. Welbeck was said to be being courted by three Premier League clubs, with two looking at a permanent move and one – thought to be Sunderland – looking for a loan deal. The England international ultimately moved to north London to join Arsene Wenger’s side, and will link up with the likes of Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and former Barcelona star Alexis Sánchez in the competition for a starting berth, with Olivier Giroud presently sidelined.

Welbeck has only managed two appearances as a sub for United so far, and does not have any points to his name just yet – but at £16m he will certainly get his chances in the Gunners’ first team, and with a supply line provided by the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain it seems unlikely that the former Everton loanee will not make his mark this season and warrant an inclusion in our fantasy managers’ teams. Only 1% of managers have him in their squads, but at a value of only €6.50m in our game that figure will likely rise as the season progresses.

Another name not in contention for a place in the Man Utd front line is Mexican star Javier Hernandez, who also left the north west on deadline day, swapping Old Trafford for the Bernabeu as he completed a season-long loan deal to Real Madrid. Much like Welbeck, Hernandez has found opportunities at the Reds limited thus far under van Gaal’s tutelage, and with European champions Real interested it is unsurprising that the 26-year-old would take the opportunity. He hasn’t managed to register a single point in our competition yet, but – much like former team-mate Welbeck – that figure will likely rise, especially with Gareth Bale getting balls in from one wing and Cristiano Ronaldo from the other. Given time he will likely settle in well at the club, so this could be a move that proves a good one for all parties concerned – Real have conducted a cracking bit of business there.