Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
By beating the likes of Le Mans, Saint-Omer, Concarneau and Noisy-le-Grand Bastia set up a meeting with Caen in the last 16 of the French Cup. Bastia aim to claim a major scalp in Coupe de France and seeing that they are leading the standings in the National 3, they are definitely capable of upsetting the Ligue 1 side. Fabien Mercadal’s troops, on the other hand, rolled over Viry Chatillon 6-0 in previous round, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Corsica. Anyhow, it is well known that Bastia are tough to beat at home, therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. When the two teams met at Stade Armand-Cesari in the French top flight two years ago they played out a 1-1 draw, which is yet another reason why share of spoils is on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Frédéric Guilbert):
Despite his modest height for a centre-back, Frederic Guilbert is a remarkably strong in aerial duels. Former France U21 international is a player of great positional awareness and tactical discipline who makes immense defensive contribution for his team. A versatile defender who can play in various positions across the backline, Guilbert can also be deployed as a right midfielder where his speed and agility come to play. Born in Valognes, Frederic Guilbert spent all of his career playing in France although he has thus far failed to spend more than two seasons at a single club. Spells at Caen, AS Cherbourg, Bordeaux were insufficient for Guilbert to secure regular playing time and prove his worth, which he hopes would change at Caen. Guilbert joined the Stade Michel d’Ornano based club on a permanent deal in 2017, after a season-long loan spell away from Bordeaux. He went on to play 42 matches across all competitions in his second season with Caen and has done well to announce himself as an important player for the French side.
Highlighted Team (Caen):
Caen are a French football club that compete in Ligue 1. Caen were founded in 1913 under the name of The Stade Malherbe Caennais and back then Stade de Venoix was the club’s home ground. Nowadays SMC play their home games at Stade Michel d’Ornano and the capacity of the venue is 20.453.
Caen finished the 1991/1992 Ligue 1 campaign in fifth position in the standings, 14 points behind champions Marseille and that is considered the club’s best result in the French top flight. In 2005 Caen made it to the Coupe de la Ligue final, but Strasbourg proved to be a big catch for Patrick Remy’s troops.
The Stade Michel d’Ornano outfit play their home games in red shirts with blue stripes (vertical), while gray and black are their away colours. Nicolas Seube is the club’s most capped player and it has to be noted that he made no less than 477 appearances for SMC during his spell with the club.