Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
By beating the likes of Annecy, Tarbes, Gazelex Ajaxxio and Biesheim, Grenoble booked their place in the last 16 of the French Cup, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday's football match against Strasbourg. The National 1 side have been producing fine performances in all competitions this term and they are seen as one of main favourites to secure automatic promotion to Ligue 2. Anyhow, Grenoble face a difficult task against the Ligue 1 side and they are likely to rely on their defence this time out. Le Racing did well to beat fellow Ligue 1 teams Dijon and Lille in previous two rounds of the Coupe de France and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening. You should bear in mind that Strasbourg are undefeated in previous six meetings with Grenoble in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (Pablo Martinez):
After spending ten years in French lower leagues, Pablo Martinez joined Angers in the summer of 2016. Martinez played only nine games in the French top flight for Angers and at the end of the 2016/2017 season he moved to Strasbourg. Speaking of his early life, the French footballer, who was born in Martigues on February 21, 1989, is a product of Nimes Olympique football academy and you should know that he played for the likes of RCD Mallorca B, Uzes Pont du Gard, Martigues, Uzes Pont du Gard, Gazelec Ajaccio at senior level. Pablo Martinez made his full professional debut with Gazelec Ajaccio in a 2-1 win over Valenciennes. His main position is left-back, but he is used as a centre-back as well. Pablo Martinez has a dual citizenship and he is eligible to represent both France and Spain at senior level. His preffered foot is left and his contract with Strasbourg expires on June 30, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Strasbourg):
Founded back in 1906, Strasbourg are a professional football team that compete in French Ligue 1. Le Racing did remarkably well to win the 1979 Ligue 1 trophy and that is considered the biggest success in the history of the club. Strasbourg won Coupe de France on three occasions (1951, 1966, 2001) and they have three Coupe de la Ligue trophies as well (1964, 1997, 2005). Strasbourg’s main rivals are Metz and the two teams face each other in the Derby de l’Est (The Eastern derby). Le Racing recorded their biggest victory over Valenciennes (10-0) in the 1937-1938 season, whilst they suffered their biggest loss to Limoges (0-8) in the 1959/1960 season. Paraguayan goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert, who is well known for his free-kick abilities, played for the club from 2000 to 2003, but he failed to score in a league match during his spell with the Stade de la Meinau outfit. Speaking of Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg’s home ground was opened back in 1914 and the capacity of the venue is 29,320.