Our football match prediction:
After suffering three consecutive defeats in Ligue 1, Nantes played out a 1-1 draw with Saint-Etienne at the weekend. Les Canaris now aim to return to winning ways and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Toulouse in the French Cup last 16. Nantes have always been producing much better showings at home than on the travels and seeing that les Pitchouns are not enjoying a season to remember, home win should be considered. Toulouse failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Monaco at Stade Louis II in their last league match and seeing that they recorded only one win in previous five games in the national championship, we are tempted to put our money on Vahid Halilhodzic’s charges. You should bear in mind that Nantes recorded three wins in previous four home games in the Coupe de France, with the team rolling over Chateauroux in their last game at Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau.
Highlighted Player (Diego Carlos):
Diego Carlos is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Nantes as a defender. His main position is centre-back and his preferred foot is right. Diego Carlos began his youth career at America-SP and in 2010 he moved to Desportivo Brasil. After spending the 2012/2013 season on loan at Sao Paulo, the 185-cm-tall defender returned to Desportivo Brasil. However, he made his first-team debut with Madureira during his spell with the club (2014). In 2014 Diego Carlos signed a contract with Portuguese club Estoril Praia and he scored two goals in 39 appearances for the Primeira Liga club. It has to be noted, though, that he played for Porto B (on loan) in the 2014/2015 season. Diego Carlos moved to French club Nantes in the summer of 2016 and you should bear in mind that he quickly established himself as a first-team regular with les Canaris. The Brazilian footballer scored two goals in 34 appearances for Nantes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. His contract with the Ligue 1 side expires on June 20, 2021.
Highlighted Team (Toulouse):
Toulouse are a professional football club that compete in Ligue 1. Les Pitchouns are well known for their purple jerseys with white stripes and it has to be noted that they used to wear red and yellow jerseys in the past. Toulouse welcome their opponents at Stadium Municipal and the capacity of the team’s home ground is 33.150. Stadium Municipal was used as a venue for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Om 1982 the club secured promotion to the Ligue 1 for the first time ever and you should bear in mind that the likes of Jacques Santini and Daniel Jeandupeux were part of the team. A win over Napoli in the round 1 of the 1986/1987 UEFA Cup is considered one of the club’s biggest success as football legend Diego Maradona played for the Italian team back then. Aforementioned attacker Daniel Jeandupeux scored the winner for Toulouse in the penalty shoot-out. Bordeaux are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in Derby de la Garonne.