Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Stade Francis Le Ble will host Sunday’s Coupe de France game between Brest and Lens. The hosts are on a four-game winless run in the Ligue 1, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as underdogs in this match. Experienced attacker Islam Slimani could sneak into the starting XI, while all Achraf Dari, Mathias Pereira Lage, and Romain Del Castillo are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Meanwhile, Lens are enjoying a season to remember as they are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League. Les Sang et Or did well to break the deadlock against Auxerre (1-0) at the weekend, and given Brest’s anything but good form in the national championship, we predict that the visitors are going to advance to the French Cup last 16. The likes of Adam Buksa, Wuilker Farinez, and Jimmy Cabot are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Steve Mounié):
Steve Mounie is a Beninese footballer who plays for Huddersfield Town as a striker. Mounie is a product of Montpellier youth academy and, as a result, he was given a chance to prove his worth in the blue and orange shirt in Ligue 1 at senior level.
After scoring 14 goals in 37 appearances for la Paillade in the French elite division, the 190-cm-tall attacker moved to Huddersfield Town in 2017, but it has to be noted that he spent the 2015/2016 season at Nimes as a loan player. Steve Mounie signed a four-year deal with the Terriers and he made his competitive debut for the club on August 12, 2017, scoring a brace in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
The attacker who was born in Parakou (Benin) on September 29, 1994 will represent the Benin national team at the 2019 Africa Cup of nations. Mounie scored his first ever goal for the national team in a 2-1 win over South Sudan in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Lens):
Based in the Pas-De-Calais department, Lens is a French club that plays home games at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. The Sang et Or are well known for their red shirts with yellow stripes, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
The club was founded back in 1906 and the Sang et Or originally played in green and black shirts. Speaking of their home ground, Stade Bollaert-Delelis can hold up to 38,058 spectators. The venue was opened back in 1933, and renovated during the 2014/15 season. Lens did well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in the 1997/98 season, with the team finishing the process level on points with second-place Metz.
As a result, the Sang et Or represented France in the Champions League group stages the following season. The club’s biggest European success came in the 1999/00 season when they made it to the UEFA Cup semis. Lens have won two Coupe de la Ligue trophies as well.