Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
All eyes will be on Stade Louis II when Monaco and Olympique Lyon square off against each other in the last 32 of the Coupe de France. Both sides have been scoring goals for fun in the Ligue 1 this season and a lively contest is on the horizon. Monaco have slim chances of winning the national championship and seeing that they have already suffered elimination in the Champions League, we predict that Leonardo Jardim’s men are going to take Wednesday’s football match against Olympique Lyon very seriously. Les Gones recorded a hard-fought 3-2 win over Nancy in the opening match of their French Cup campaign, but beating Monaco at Stade Louis II is easier said than done. A close game is on the cards and we predict that the winner will be decided in the extra time. It has to be noted that both teams found the net in each of their previous five meetings in the French top flight.
Highlighted Player (Fabinho):
One of the hottest talents and emerging star of the new generation at AS Monaco is the Brazilian international Fabinho. The 22-year-old right-back began his career at Rio Ave, but was quickly noticed by Real Madrid, who brought him on loan in 2012 where Fabinho failed to make an impression and break into the first team at Santiago Bernabeu. A loan move to Monaco proved to be a perfect choice for the player who signed a permanent deal with the Principality in 2015 after making an immediate impact with his new club. Fabinho went on to score 15 goals in more than 130 appearances for Monaco, and has made his full Brazil debut with the club. His compelling performances in Ligue 1 have earned much praise and draw plenty of attention from Europe’s biggest clubs. During the summer of 2016 Premier League powerhouse Manchester United were linked with the talented defender, but Monaco showed great resolve in keeping their prized asset by tying Fabinho to an extended stay with the Principality club.
Highlighted Team (Olympique Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympic 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.