Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
A place in the Coupe de France quarter-finals will be at stake when Monaco and Metz face each other at Stade Louis II on Tuesday evening. Les Rouges et Blancs rolled over les Grenats 4-0 in the Ligue 1 at the weekend, and it is no surprise the bookies see Niko Kovac’s troops as hot favourites to win the French Cup clash. All Diatta, Martins, and Ben Yedder should be recalled to the starting XI, as well as Tchouameni who returns from suspension.
Metz, on the other hand, were impressive in the Ligue 1 in the first half of the season, but they have been struggling at the back of late. Since les Grenats conceded seven goals in total in the previous two league fixtures, we are tempted to put our money on Monaco. Oukidja returns from suspension, while Cabit, Nguette, Niane, Pajot, and Tchimbembe are all likely to miss the game with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Cesc Fabregas):
Born in Arenys de Mar on 4 May, 1987, Cesc Fabregas began his football career at Mataro. After spending two years at Mataro, Cesc joined Barcelona in 1997 and six years later the Spanish midfielder signed a deal with Arsenal. Fabregas played for Arsenal for eight years (2003-2011) and in 2011 he turned his dream into reality and returned to Barca.
In 2014 the 29-year-old footballer joined Premier League side Chelsea. Fabregas won the 2012/2013 La Liga title with Barcelona, while lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy with Chelsea. Cesc did not win the Premier League title with Arsenal, but he helped the capital club lift the FA Cup trophy in 2005.
On the other hand, the Chelsea midfielder recorded much better results with the Spain national team as he won the European Championship trophy in 2008 and 2012, while winning the FIFA World Cup title in 2010. Fabregas made his debut for la Roja in March, 2006.
Highlighted Team (Metz):
Thanks to amalgamation of two amateur clubs Metz were founded in 1932 and soon they became a professional team. Les Grenats are one of the oldest professional teams in France, but they have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy. Metz finished the 1997/1998 season in second place in the standings and it has to be noted that they were level on points with champions Lens (worse goal difference).
However, les Grenats won Coupe de France on two occasions (1983/1984, 1987/1988), with the team beating Monaco and Sochaux respectively in the title games. Emmanuel Adebayor is considered one of the most famous players who whore Metz jersey and you should know that the Togolese attacker scored 15 goals in 44 appearances in the league for the club.
Metz play their home games at Stade Saint-Symphorien, the venue which was opened back in September, 1923. Les Grenats wear red shirts and white shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kits is white.