Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Dijon will be aiming to make amends for the Ligue 1 defeat to Montpellier when they take on Lille in the French Cup last 64. The Owls have been struggling to find their best form of late, with the team losing each of their previous four league fixtures, and it is no wonder they are seen as underdogs in Wednesday’s Coupe de France clash. Assale and Benzia remain on the sidelines, while Konate should be recalled to the starting XI after finding the net in the 4-2 loss to La Paillade.
Les Dogues, on the other hand, are eyeing their seventh consecutive win. Lille are leading the chase for the Ligue 1 trophy, but they have big ambitions for the French Cup as well. Regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, away win should be considered as Lille look unstoppable in 2021. Talented Canada attacker Jonathan David, who scored a brace in the 2-0 win over Nantes, is likely to pose a big threat to the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Bersant Celina):
After starting his youth career at Stromsgodset, Bersant Celina moved to Manchester City youth academy in 2012. Two years later the midfielder, who was born in FR Yugoslavia on September 9, 1996, signed a three-year professional contract with the Citizens, but he made no more than one appearance for the big-spending club in the Premier League.
Bersant Celina came as a substitute for David Silva in a 3-1 home loss to Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on February 6, 2016. Celina played for the likes of Twente and Ipswich Town before joining Swansea City for a fee of £3 million.
Speaking of his international career, the 181-cm tall midfielder played for Norway U15, U16, U17 and U21 teams, but he represents Kosovo senior team on the international stage. Bersant Celina made his debut for Kosovo in September 2014 against Oman. His main position is attacking midfield, but he is used as a winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Lille):
Lille have been playing an important role in French football ever since they were founded in 1944. Les Dogues won their first domestic trophy in the 1945/1946 season.
Lille did well to win their second Ligue 1 title in 1954 and 57 years later they lifted their last domestic title. Les Douges finished the 2010/2011 season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille and it has to be noted that Lille attacker Moussa Sow won the Golden Boot (25 goals).
Lille are one of the two teams that managed to win three consecutive Coupe de France trophies (1946, 1947, 1948), but they have yet to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Dogues faced PSG in the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but les Parisiens proved to be a big catch for Frederic Antonetti’s team in the title game.
Lille play their home matches at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the capacity of the stadium is 50.186. The venue was opened in August, 2017 and the construction cost €282 million.