Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
All eyes will be on Stade de la Beaujoire when Nantes and Lens face each other in the Coupe de France last 64. Nantes have not recorded a win since November 8, 2020, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Lens. Fabio, who suffered an injury in the 2-0 loss to Lille, has joined Coulibaly and Perreira in the recovery room, while Pallois returns from suspension.
Lens, on the other hand, are enjoying a very successful season, with the team sitting in 6th position in the Ligue 1 standings after 24 rounds. Since the Yellow-Reds are undefeated in the previous three league fixtures, we predict that they are going to hold Nantes to a draw after 90 minutes. Ganago and Traore, who missed the Ligue 1 game against Rennes at the weekend through injuries, are unlikely to feature in the French Cup clash.
Highlighted Player (Kalifa Coulibaly):
Kalifa Coulibaly is a Malian international who began his senior career at Paris Saint-Germain B. After spending four years at Parc des Princes, he moved to Charleroi in 2014 and the Malian striker scored seven goals in 31 league appearances for the Belgian outfit.
At the end of the season he left the club, signing a contract with Gent and he has been playing for De Buffalo’s ever since. Kalifa Coulibaly made his Gent debut on 9 August, 2015 in a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht. He scored four goals in 24 league games for the club in the 2015/2016 season, picking up just one yellow card in the process.
Coulibaly made his Mali debut on 15 October, 2013 in a 3-1 win over South Korea. He started the match from the bench, substituting Ousmane Coulibaly in the second half of the game. His contract with Gent expires on 30 June, 2019. Coulibaly’s main position is centre forward.
Highlighted Team (Lens):
Based in the Pas-De-Calais department, Lens is a French club that plays home games at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. The Sang et Or are well known for their red shirts with yellow stripes, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
The club was founded back in 1906 and the Sang et Or originally played in green and black shirts. Speaking of their home ground, Stade Bollaert-Delelis can hold up to 38,058 spectators. The venue was opened back in 1933, and renovated during the 2014/15 season. Lens did well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in the 1997/98 season, with the team finishing the process level on points with second-place Metz.
As a result, the Sang et Or represented France in the Champions League group stages the following season. The club’s biggest European success came in the 1999/00 season when they made it to the UEFA Cup semis. Lens have won two Coupe de la Ligue trophies as well.