Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
All eyes will be on Parc Olympique Lyonnais when Lyon and Lille square off against each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Gones have regained a much-needed confidence, but, as things stand now, they will find it hard to book their place in European competitions through the national championship. As a result, we are positive that Laurent Blanc’s troops will leave their hearts on the field in the Coupe de France clash with Lille.
As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Alexandre Lacazette, who sealed the triumph at the weekend, while Jeffinho remains in the recovery room. Les Dogues, on the other hand, outplayed Rennes 3-1 on the road in their last league match, and given their attacking potential, we believe that both teams to score betting option should be considered. Ismaily limped off with injury, with Timothy Weah likely to step up.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain.
This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot.
Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
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.