Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Ales and Montpellier face each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash in the Coupe de France last 32. Ales have defeated the likes of Panazol, Liguaire Niort, and Fabregues on their way to the last 32, but Montpellier are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the lower-league side than their previous rivals. La Paillade have been showing signs of improvement of late in the Ligue 1, and given their seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the away team.
Even though Delort and Le Tallec have been struggling with injuries, we predict that Montpellier are going to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s clash. It has to be noted that the two clubs meet for the first time ever in a competitive match. Teenage forward Elye Wahi is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Téji Savanier):
Born in Montpellier on December 22, 1991, Teji Savanier is a French footballer who plays for Nimes in the Ligue 1 as a midfielder. Savanier began his senior career at Arles-Avignon and it has to be noted that he played for the club from 2011 to 2015.
Ahead of the start of the 2015/2016 Ligue 2 campaign, Teji Savanier joined Nimes and he has been playing for the club ever since. The 171-cm tall midfielder has established himself as a first-team regular at Nimes and he successfully plays for the club in the French top flight. Savanier’s main position is central midfield, but he is used as an attacking midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right.
Despite producing fine performances for Nimes in all competitions, Teji Savanier has yet to receive a call-up for the French national football team. His contract with Nimes should expire on June 27, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Montpellier):
Over the years Montpellier have established themselves as a mid-table side in French Ligue 1. Montpellier are considered one of the youngest clubs in France as they were founded in 1974, but it has to be noted that a number of high-profile footballers played for the club in the past. French football legend Laurent Blanc played for Montpellier from 1981-1993 and he scored 76 goals in 24 appearances in the league for the club. Eric Cantona, Roger Milla, Carlos Valderama and Olivier Giroud played in Montpellier’s colors as well, but Pascal Baills is the player with most appearances for the club (429).
La Paillade did remarkably well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in 2012 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Montpellier won Coupe de France on two occasions (1929, 1990), with the team beating FC Sete and FC Paris respectively in the title games. The team welcome their rivals at Stade de la Mosson and the capacity of the stadium is 32.900. In 1999 Montpellier won the UEFA Intertoto Cup.