Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
At the Stade Crédit Agricole de la Licorne in Amiens, the home side is welcoming the Ligue 2 team Valenciennes in this Round of 64 match in the French Cup. Neither team are playing well in their leagues this year. Amiens are sitting in the 17th place in the Ligue 1 standings, while Valenciennes are 18th in the Ligue 2 table. For Amiens, this will be their first game in the French Cup this year while the away side has already been through two rounds, scoring nine goals in total, against Dunkerque and Thaon. Their league form has not been good, with their last victory in the second win of November. Their last away win was in the opening match of the season. Amiens haven’t been playing well either with three wins in the last ten matches and one in the last five. Even though they’ve last won at home in October, they are favourites in this match-up.
Highlighted Player (Regis Gurtner):
Born in Saverne, France on Devember 8, 1986, Regis Gurtner began his career at the youth team of FR Haguenau. In 2004 he moved to Strasbourg football academy and four years later he made his first-team debut with La Racing.
The 183-cm-tall goalkeeper played 43 games for Strasbourg and in 2011 he signed a deal with fellow Ligue 2 side Boulogne. After making 93 appearances for the club from 2011 to 2014, Regis Gurtner joined Le Havre at the end of the 2013/2014 season, but he played no more than four games for les Ciel et Marine.
Gurtner signed for Amiens in 2015 and he established himself as a first-choice goalkeeper for the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 season, keeping 12 clean sheets in 38 appearances in the league for les Licornes. At the end of the season Amiens secured promotion to the French elite division, with the team finishing the campaign in second place in the standings, only one point behind Strasbourg.
Highlighted Team (Amiens):
Amiens is a French football club that compete in Ligue 1. Les Licornes (The Unicorns) finished the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign in second place in the standings and, as a result, they secured promotion to the French top flight for the first time ever. Amiens got their job done on the final day of the season, with Emmanuel Bourgaud scoring a late winner in the game against Reims. The club was founded back in 1901 by a group of players from the Association du Lycee d’Amiens and nowadays les Licornes play their home games at Stade de La Licorne.
The capacity of the venue is 12.097 and it was opened on July 24, 1999. Experienced midfielder Mathieu Bodmer joined the club in the summer of 2017 and he is considered one of the team’s best players. The experienced defender used to play for the likes of Lyon, Lille, and Paris Saint-Germain in the past.
Amiens play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, while they wear black when playing on the road.