Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
David faces Goliath at Stade Bauer on Thursday evening as Red Star and Olympique Lyon go head to head in the Coupe de France last 16. Les Gones are still in the race for the Ligue 1 trophy, meaning that boss Rudi Garcia is likely to mix the squad against Red Star. All De Sciglio, Slimani, Caqueret, Cherki, and Bard are pushing for a start, while Aouar and Benlamri remain sidelined with injuries.
Vincent Bordot’s troops suffered a dip in form in the National 1, with the team failing to score in three of the previous four league fixtures, and even though Rudi Garcia is likely to rest several first-team regulars in the Coupe de France clash, away win should be considered. When the two teams met in the French Cup back in 2000 Olympique Lyon defeated Red Star 2-1, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Memphis Depay):
Memphis Depay is a Dutch winger who started his professional career at PSV Eindhoven. During the 2014/2015 Eredivisie campaign the pacey footballer was on Manchester United’s radar and on June 12, 2015 the Premier League club confirmed the signing of the Dutchman. Many people expected that he would impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League season, but the former PSV ace played below expectations for the Red Devils, scoring only two goals (one assist) during the season.
After playing only for league games for Man Utd in the 2016/2017 season, Memphis Depay was sold to Olympique Lyon on January 20, 2017. Depay signed a four-and-a-half year deal with les Gones for a fee of around £16 million. The Dutch winger was producing fine performances for Lyon in the 2016/2017 season; he scored five goals for the club, while providing eight assists for his teammates.
Memphis Depay made his senior debut for Netherlands on October 15, 2013 in a 2-0 win over Turkey. Depay did well to win the 2011 European Championship with Netherlands U17 team.
Highlighted Team (Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympique 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.