Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
All eyes will be on Stade Matmut Atlantique when Bordeaux and Rennes face each other in the Coupe de France. Bordeaux quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Le Havre, with the team beating Sochaux 2-1 in front of home fans, but they face an uphill task in Saturday’s French Cup game. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Crvena Zvezda target Joshua Maja, who has netted eight goals so far this term.
Les Rouges et Noirs, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Nice. Rennes are more of a team than Bordeaux, and seeing that les Rouges et Noirs crushed les Girondins 6-0 in their last meeting in a competitive match, away win should be considered. Martin Terrier limped off with injury against les Aiglons, with Jeremy Doku likely to step up.
Highlighted Player (Birger Meling):
Born in Stavanger, Norway on December 17, 1994, Birger Meling is a defender who plays for Eliteserien club Rosenborg. Meling began his youth career at Viking back in 2000, but 13 years later he moved to English club Middlesbrough. However, the Norwegian footballer did not play for the Riverside Stadium outfit at senior level.
Meling started his senior career at Stabaek, but after scoring five goals in 57 appearances for the Blue Ones in the league, he moved to famous Norwegian club Rosenborg in the winter of 2017. Speaking of his international career, Meling made his debut with the Norway national team on November 11, 2017 in a 2-0 loss over North Macedonia.
The Rosenborg defender has six caps with Norway U21 team as well. His preferred foot is left, whilst his main position on the field is left-back. The 173-cm-tall footballer has a contract with Rosenborg, which should expire on December 31, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Rennes):
Stade Rennais Football Club or simply Rennes is a French football club which was founded on March 10, 1901. The club is one of the founding members of the French Ligue 1 and they are nicknamed Les Rouges et Noirs. Roazhon Park is the club’s home ground and the venue can hold 29.778 people. Rennes have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but they won Coupe de France title on two occasions (1964/1965, 1970/1971). Speaking of Coupe de la Ligue, les Rouges et Noirs made it to the final of the competition in the 2012/2013 season, but they were beaten by Saint Etienne (1-0) in the title game at Stade de France.
A number of top-class footballers played for Stade Rennais Football Club in the past and the likes of Sylvain Wiltord, Yoann Gourcuff, Yann M’Vila, Moussa Sow and Jimmy Briand are considered the club’s most notable players. Rennes footballers wear black and red jerseys when playing at home, while they wear white when playing on the travels.