Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Stade Velodrome will host Saturday’s Coupe de France game between Olympique Marseille and Montpellier. OM aim to build on a 2-0 win over Lens, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against La Paillade. New signing Cedric Bakambu, who found the net in the triumph over Lens, is widely expected to start against Montpellier, while both Dieng and Gueye are on international duty with Senegal.
The visitors, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-2 win over Monaco. Given Montpellier’s attacking potential, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on both teams to score. A man to watch in the away team will be Stephy Mavididi, who scored a brace at the weekend, while Teji Savanier is back from the Ligue 1 suspension. Defender Ambroise Oyongo represents Cameroon at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Highlighted Player (Dimitri Payet):
Dimitri Payet was born in Saint-Pierre, Reunion on 29 March 1987, but he joined Le Havre’s famous youth academy in 1999 and has since enjoyed a meteoric rise. The attacking midfielder started his professional career at Nantes, but top French clubs soon started casting admiring glances his way and he went on to represent Saint Etienne, Lille and Marseille, becoming one of Ligue 1’s leading footballers.
However, it was the move to West Ham that placed Payet on the map as the Frenchman enjoyed a brilliant start to his career in England, making the PFA Player of the Year Shortlist. Some excellent performances in the Premier League persuaded France coach Didier Deschamps to reinstate Payet into his starting line-up and the midfielder paid the coach back with some scintillating displays on international stage.
Excellent with the ball at his feet and very dangerous from set pieces, Payet quickly established himself as one of Europe’s top midfielders, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and other top clubs now after his signature.
Highlighted Team (Montpellier):
Over the years Montpellier have established themselves as a mid-table side in French Ligue 1. Montpellier are considered one of the youngest clubs in France as they were founded in 1974, but it has to be noted that a number of high-profile footballers played for the club in the past. French football legend Laurent Blanc played for Montpellier from 1981-1993 and he scored 76 goals in 24 appearances in the league for the club. Eric Cantona, Roger Milla, Carlos Valderama and Olivier Giroud played in Montpellier’s colors as well, but Pascal Baills is the player with most appearances for the club (429).
La Paillade did remarkably well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in 2012 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Montpellier won Coupe de France on two occasions (1929, 1990), with the team beating FC Sete and FC Paris respectively in the title games. The team welcome their rivals at Stade de la Mosson and the capacity of the stadium is 32.900. In 1999 Montpellier won the UEFA Intertoto Cup.