Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Lille and Troyes take on each other at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in what is expected to be one of the most interesting games of Sunday’s program. Lille dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Reims, and, no doubt, they are eager to return to winning ways as soon as possible. Noom Quomah Baleba is back from suspension, both Gudmundsson and Yoro should miss out with injuries.
Patrick Kisnobro’s troops, on the other hand, did well to beat Strasbourg on the road in their last league match, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence. Since Troyes are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, we believe that punters from all four corners of the world can find value in betting on over 2.5 goals. As for the visiting side, both Lucien Agoume and Karim Azamoum are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Andre Gomes):
Andre Gomes is a Portuguese footballer who represented the likes of Porto, Boavista and Benfica during his youth career, but eventually signed a professional deal with the Eagles. Even if he hadn’t made too many first team appearances for the Portuguese giants, the midfielder saw his economic rights sold to a private company in January 2014, and the deal eventually saw him join Spanish giants Valencia.
The attacking midfielder immediately nailed down a regular starting berth at Mestalla, proving his undoubted potential, and catching the eye of top Italian sides such as Juventus and Napoli. Gomes has yet to establish himself as an important player for the Portugal national team, but he has made several appearances under Fernando Santos and is expected to play a key role for the Selecao in the future.
Possessing impressive technical skills and capable of covering a number of positions in midfield, Gomes is a modern midfielder who has been showing incredible maturity for his age, so no wonder he is predicted a bright future in the game.
Highlighted Team (Troyes):
Founded in 1986, Troyes are considered one of the youngest clubs in French Ligue 1. Troyes returned to the top flight at the end of the 2016/2017 season, with the team finishing the regular season in third place in the Ligue 2 standings. Jean Louis Garcia’s men proved their worth in the promotion play-offs, with the team beating Lorient in the two-legged tie.
Troyes are well known for their blue shirts, but they wear white when playing on the travels. Stade de l’Aube is the club’s home ground and the stadium can hold up to 20.400 spectators. The venue was built in 1924, but it was renovated on two occasions (1956, 2004). The club have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but in 1956 they made it to the French Cup final.
Troyes faced Sedan in the title game and they were totally outplayed by Louis Dugauguez’s troops (3-1) at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir. Roger Courtois’ team were three goals down after 57 minutes, but five minutes later Fernand De Vlaeminck scored a consolation goal for the Stade de l’Aube outfit.