Ligue 1- 11 Player Picks for the Weekend

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Ligue 1 is back at the weekend although instead of the usual 10 fixtures there will only be 9 with Nantes and PSG’s game being postponed for the following week. Below we will look at players that you should look into and add for your fantasy Ligue 1 team.

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper: Mike Maignan- 5m

Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan has been solid throughout the season but is experiencing arguably his best form, the shot stopper has conceded just 1 goal in the club’s past five matches as they look to hold onto 2nd place in Ligue 1.

Defender: Malang Sarr- 5.5m

Sarr has been one of the outstanding players to come out of Ligue 1 this season. The Nice defender picked up 5pts last weekend and is in the top 4 as his club have got back to winning ways.

Defender: Jose Fonte -7.5m

Fonte has been part of the Lille side to concede just 1 goal in their past five games that goes back to the beginning of February, he has been instrumental and with his value under 8m is a real steal.

Defender: Hiroki Sakai- 7.5m

Sakai has been part of a Marseille defence that has grown stronger since the turn of the year and part of a back four that has conceded just 2 goals in their last five games. He currently has 33pts and if form continues could break into the top 10 standings in Ligue 1 fantasy for defenders.

Defender: Dante Costa- 6.5m

Solid at the back for Nice in the teams last game, the club needed a win and will hope to improve on that this weekend. Plus he picked up a massive 5pts last weekend and the confidence seems to have returned for the player.

Midfielder: Florian Thauvin- 11m

Probably the best out and out midfielder this season in France, he is also experiencing great form as his club Marseille have bounced back into contention, and he picked up 8pts last time out.

Midfielder: Bertrand Traore-8.5m

The Lyon midfielder has put in a shift this season with his great passing abilities and he has scored 7 times, his 8.5m looks like a snip and last weekend he picked up 5pts as Lyon try to chase down Lille for 2nd place.

Midfielder: Flavien Tait-7.5m

Angers have no problems to stay up this season and much of that is down to Tait who is in great form and picked up 8pts over the week. He continues to be a threat for opposing players and has made an incredible 6 assists so far this season.

Midfielder: Nabil Fekir- 10m

One of the best players in Ligue 1 last season is continuing that in this one and he has been instrumental for Marseille’s return of form in the last few months. He is in form and usually takes the penalties for the club, so could gain you more points this weekend.

Striker: Moussa Dembele- 5m

An absolute steal this season for 5m, Dembele has been very solid as a forward for Lyon and scored a brace last time out. He is on form and has scored 9 goals over the past few months and could well get on the score sheet again this weekend.

Striker: Radamel Falcao- 7.5m

There have been some injuries and a lack of form mostly for his club Monaco. But since Leonardo Jardim came back to the coaching job there has been a fire ignited in Falcao once again and he is back on form. Last week he earned 7pts and has scored 11 goals this season despite Monaco’s troubled campaign.

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Henry has what it takes to succeed at Monaco

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When former Barcelona star and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was appointed as Leonardo Jardim’s successor at Monaco, hopes were high that Les Monégasques could kick on and get their awful start to the season firmly behind them. Last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up had looked listless and devoid of much in the way of effort, and so Jardim’s departure unfortunately seemed more a case of when, rather than if. Henry would then return to the club he left for Juventus in 1999 to take the reins as the new man in charge, with the hopes that the optimism could sharp be brought back to Stade Louis II and the side could start to climb back up the table. If a title tilt was beyond their grasp, at least they could have a good go at getting as much ground back as possible. Surely?

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Monaco aim to remain competitive in Ligue 1 after another summer of selling

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Leonardo Jardim and his talented group of players achieved something remarkable in 2016-17 as they bested Unai Emery’s PSG side for the league title.
That squad couldn’t stay intact for long as major European clubs bought most of the key players in the following summer. It left Jardim with a huge restructuring job ahead of the 17-18 season, but Monaco made a stunning €289 million profit in the transfer window. Continue reading

Monaco have done well to capture Eric Ayiah

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Monaco have announced the signing of Charity Stars centre forward Eric Ayiah on a five year contract, after beating off competition from elsewhere in Ligue 1 and Europe to the capture of his services. The 18-year-old has been heralded as a future star in the game, and the likes of Serie A outfit Udinese have been credited with interest in him for some time now. Monaco have spent big this summer and so while Ayiah may be a player they will seek to nurture and develop before throwing him into the first team – especially considering his age – they are ensuring the future availability of a real talent in bringing him in. Whether he arrives with the intention of internal development or if he is earmarked for a loan move away, Ayiah appears to be on the path to success.

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Historic win for Japan as Colombia see red

695113-reuters-japan-colombiaJapan kicked off their World Cup campaign against Colombia in the smallest host city of the World Cup, Mordovia. In a very competitive Group H alongside Senegal and Poland there was no guarantee of progressing from the group stages for either side. Both Japan and Colombia met in the group stages four years ago in Brazil with the South Americans coming up trumps in a 4-1 victory. Two of the scorers that day for Colombia were Jackson Martinez who was not called up to the squad and James Rodriguez who sees muscle problems resign him to a role among the substitutes; the other scorer Juan Cuadrado started on the right wing. Japan’s scorer that day was Shinji Okazaki who also shared the unfortunate fate of Rodriguez, slight muscle fatigue seeing Yuya Osaka, relegated with Koln last season in the Bundesliga, start in the striker position.

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Colombia to win World Cup?

After having an impressive and memorable campaign in the previous World Cup despite being knocked out in the Quarter-finals by Brazil, Colombia will be looking to have a good run in the competition once again as the whole nation will behind them as well as many football fans.

This year’s friendly matches have been more than positive for the side, where they achieved an incredible comeback over France as well as two stalemates against the likes of Australia and Egypt. The goalless draws against the latter opponents may be seen as a downfall, on the other hand, it certainly shows that Colombia can remain dominant and defensively solid when needed to be.

We now look more into the information we need to know about Colombia on and off the pitch…

Fixtures

Tuesday, 19th June – Colombia vs Japan (Mordovia Arena, Mordovia) kick-off 13:00pm

Sunday, 24th June – Poland vs Colombia (Kazan Arena, Kazan) kick-off 19:00pm

Thursday, 28th June – Senegal vs Colombia (Samara Arena, Samara) kick-off 15:00pm

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Star player

Considered as one of the best attacking midfielders within Europe, it’s no surprise at all that James Rodriguez is seen as Colombia’s main man as he is levels ahead of his team-mates. The Bayern Munich midfielder, who is currently on loan from Real Madrid, offers a lot when he is in the starting line-up, from producing clear-cut chances for the attackers to racking up many goals and assists himself. The 26-year-old is regarded as an aesthetically pleasing player to watch on and off the ball.

The one to keep an eye out for…

Davinson Sanchez is surely the well-known rising talent within the Colombia squad that everyone needs to keep a look out for, someone who has had the perfect debut season at Tottenham Hotspur and is now been thought of as one of the best centre-backs within the Premier League. With his demanding and dominant displays from the backline week in and out, the youngster could become a popular figure for his country if he can go on to replicating his club performances for Colombia.

Given the attacking prowess that Colombia have in Carlos Bacca, Falcao, James Rodriguez and Luis Muriel, it’s more than important that the side’s defence and midfield can also remain compact and consistent through the competition. This is one of the reasons to why it is ideal to keep an eye out for Davinson Sanchez, as he has a huge job on his hands that will need to be dealt with effectively.

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What to expect from manager Jose Pekerman?

Since taking over as the national coach of Colombia, Jose Pekerman has done a very good job in taking the country to two consecutive World Cups, proving that his man-management and vital decision making of picking individuals that fit into his system is quite efficient. Also, the Argentine has won the South American Coach of the Year award on three occasions over the last six years.

Los Cafeteros are expected to play within a 4-2-3-1 setup, where the team would benefit from the movement and pace of Juan Cuadrado and Carlos Bacca on the flanks whilst James will look to drop deep from the number ten role as well as provide some service to the lone forward in Radamel Falcao. Overall, Peckerman is seen as a saviour for Colombian football as the supporters from the South American country are finally seeing some golden stars being produced after quite a long time.

How far can Colombia go in the competition?

It’s never easy to say how far a team can go in the World Cup as it does come down to little moments as well as a bit of luck, on the other hand, Colombia are more than capable of reaching the Quarter-finals like they did four years ago in Brazil. The side’s results in recent years against top-tier oppositions are not convincing at all, but they will still be seen as the dark horses of the tournament.

In the end, Colombia have pure potential and will either collapse absurdly or deliver in perfect time.

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Our Ligue 1 picks ahead of the weekend’s action

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Check out our picks for the weekend’s Ligue 1 fixtures, as the battles for the Europa League spots and to avoid relegation begin to heat up!

Benjamin Lecomte

The 26-year-old shot stopper has played a prominent role in Montpellier’s season, with his side very much in the conversation for a European spot this season.

Montpellier face an away trip to bottom placed Metz and he will be hoping to add to his record of 10 clean sheets.

Adil Rami
The 32-year-old is enjoying a stellar maiden season at Marseilles, securing 12 clean sheets in 23 starts so far during the campaign.

His side travel to a mid-table Saint-Etienne side with a modest goal scoring record and the French international will be quietly confident of a clean sheet as his side hope to consolidate second place in the table. 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.

 

Radamel Falcao has been reborn since his return to Monaco

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Three years ago Radamel Falcao was known as one of the deadliest strikers in Europe if not the world. He scored goals for fun in La Liga and Ligue 1- but then a serious knee injury in 2013 curtailed the Colombian and then came his switch to the English Premier League….

In the world’s richest league and most promoted Falcao was supposed to continue his great form. After all for previous clubs including Porto he had scored 72 goals from just 87 appearances. For Atletico Madrid he netted 70 goals from 91 matches.

Even the doubters were silenced because Falcao’s goalscoring form continued in European competition. Along with winning the Europa League twice with two different clubs no less he scored 18 times in 16 games in the competition for Porto in their successful 2011 run.

In short there was no reason for new suitors Manchester United to have any doubts about the striker. At United where he made a loan switch with an option for the Red Devils to buy him at the end of the season, Falcao thought he would stay for years- so did his club. Not to be though. He played 29 times for Utd in all competitions and his return was 4 goals.

From hero to zero, Falcao was voted one of the worst deals in the Premier League for that season. However it didn’t put off Chelsea, United rivals who felt that Falcao had just had a bad season and that the real player’s talents was somehow still in him.

Chelsea agreed a loan deal for Falcao and he went on to score just once in 12 games. However the whole club was overshadowed last season by their horrific start and Jose Mourinho’s sacking. On top of that Falcao sustained an injury which kept him out for the next six months. Falcao clearly needed to get out of England and Monaco brought him back.

Since his return Falcao has shown glimpses of what he can do- He scored in a pre season friendly but more importantly scored against Turkish side Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualifier.

Unfortunately for Falcao he has recently picked up a thigh injury which could see the player miss the next few weeks of the Ligue 1 season. However it seems that Falcao has returned home somewhat, and is looking sharp.

Some predict this could be Falcao’s last season in Europe and if it is the player will want to prove how good he really is- two bad but also unlucky seasons don’t make a great player an average one. Falcao will be looking to put that right and try and win Monaco their first Ligue 1 title this season.