Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Sparkles will be flying when Olympique Lyon and Lille square off against each other at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Les Gones aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Olympique Marseille, but they will have a big fish to fry against les Dogues. Midfielder Johann Lepenant is sidelined with injury, talented forward Malick Fofana is pushing for a start after the 18-year-old came as a substitute in the Choc des Olympiques.
Lille, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over Clermont, but beating Lyon on the road is easier said than done. A place in the Coupe de France quarter-finals is at stake and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. All Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Cavaleiro, and Bafode Diakite are sidelined with injuries, but there are no other selection worries in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Benjamin André):
Benjamin Andre is a French footballer, who began his career at Stade Raphaelois youth team. At the age of 16 Andre moved to Ajaccio and he played for the first team from 2008 to 2014. The right-footed midfielder scored 12 goals in 187 appearances in the league for the Corsican team and in the summer of 2014 he moved to fellow French club Rennes.
Andre scored his first goal for les Rouges et Noirs on January 25, 2015, in a 4-1 defeat to Caen. The French player made provided three assists for his teammates in 36 appearances for Rennes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign and the club chiefs decided to extend his contract in June, 2017. His deal with the Roazhon Park outfit should expire on June 30, 2022.
Benjamin Andre, who was born in Nice on August 3, 1990, has seven caps for France U21 team. The Rennes footballer plays as a central midfielder, but he is often used as both left and right midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympique Lyonnais is the French club which play their games at the Parc Olimpique Lyonnais with a capacity just a pinch short of 60,000. Lyon is one of the most popular clubs in France with a vast fan base on par with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille.
The club achieved moderate success during the 1960s and 1970s led by the likes of Bernard Lacombe and Jean Djorkaeff, while the golden era of the French side came at the start of the new millennium when Lyon began to achieve greater success both in France and on the international level.
It was not until 2002 that Lyon won their first ever Ligue 1 title which sparked an ongoing national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles. During that time Lyon were regular participants of the UEFA Champions League. The French club reached quarter-finals on two occasions, while they even played in the semi-finals in the 2009-10 season.