Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Linas-Montlhery and Lens go head to head at Stade Robert Bobin in a David-vs-Goliath clash. Lens are high on confidence following a thrilling 3-1 win over PSG, but boss Franck Haise must warn his men against complacency. All Onana, Poreba, and Said could sneak into the starting XI this time out, while all Buksa, Cabot, Costa, and Farinez are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Belgium forward Lois Openda should keep his place up front after impressing in the triumph over Kylian Mbappe and Co. The hosts, on the other hand, booked their place in the French Cup last 64 thanks to a 2-1 win over Paris 13, but they will have a mountain to climb in Saturday’s clash. As previously mentioned, David faces Goliath at “Robert Bobin”, meaning that anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise.
Highlighted Player (Gael Kakuta):
Gael Kakuta is a winger who plays for La Liga side Rayo Vallecano. Kakuta is the product of Chelsea youth academy, but he made no more than 6 appearances in the Premier League for the Blues. After spending five seasons on loan with Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse, Lazio and Rayo Vallecano, the French footballer moved to Sevilla in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign.
Gael Kakuta, though, played only two games for the Andalusian side in the Spanish top flight as he soon moved to China. After ending his spell with Hebei China Fortune, Kakuta returns to Spain, with the pacey winger signing a loan deal with Deportivo La Coruna. Gael Kakuta, who was born in Lille, France on June 21, 1991, moved to Rayo Vallecano in 2018, signing a four-year deal with the capital club.
Speaking of his international career, the 173-cm-tall footballer scored 6 goals in 18 appearances for France U21 team, but he represents DR Congo on the senior level.
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.