Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Olympique Lyon are unlikely to put an end to PSG’s dominance in Ligue 1, but they are definitely capable of going all the way in the French Cup this season. Les Gones set up a meeting with Caen in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France by beating the likes of Bourget Foot, Amiens and Guingamp and they are considered hot favourites to win Wednesday’s football game. It is well known that Lyon have turned their Groupama Stadium into a real fortress and we predict that the Ligue 1 side will make it to the semis without any difficulties. Caen, on the other hand, sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings and considering that they scored only one goal in total in previous four games in all competitions, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of spoiling Lyon’s party at Groupama Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Rafael):
Best known for his role at Manchester United when football world got to know him and his twin brother first hand, Rafael Pereira da Silva is a Brazilian football operating mainly at right-back, but can also fill in on the right side of the midfield. Fabio began his career with Fluminense before jining Manchester United in 2007.
He spent eight years competing in the Premier League before he moved to Lyon in 2015. Prior to his move to France, Rafael spent one season playing for Queens Park Rangers in a campaign which turned out to be a disastrous one for the Brazilian.
Still fresh and with plenty of football in front of him at the age of 26, Rafael was given plenty of freedom at Lyon and a license to play his natural game. Signed on a four-year deal, Rafael has gone to become an imposing figure at his new club managing 27 appearances with one goal in a Lyon shirt across competitions.
Highlighted Team (Caen):
Caen are a French football club that compete in Ligue 1. Caen were founded in 1913 under the name of The Stade Malherbe Caennais and back then Stade de Venoix was the club’s home ground. Nowadays SMC play their home games at Stade Michel d’Ornano and the capacity of the venue is 20.453.
Caen finished the 1991/1992 Ligue 1 campaign in fifth position in the standings, 14 points behind champions Marseille and that is considered the club’s best result in the French top flight. In 2005 Caen made it to the Coupe de la Ligue final, but Strasbourg proved to be a big catch for Patrick Remy’s troops.
The Stade Michel d’Ornano outfit play their home games in red shirts with blue stripes (vertical), while gray and black are their away colours. Nicolas Seube is the club’s most capped player and it has to be noted that he made no less than 477 appearances for SMC during his spell with the club.