Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
After consecutive losses at the hands of PSG, Lille and Stade de Reims, Montpellier seemingly turned things around with a 4-0 annihilation of Stade Brestois. Sitting at 9th place, the team has been rather mediocre throughout the season. Still, we’re only at the halfway point of the season and Montpellier has plenty of time to turn things around. A Coupe de France matchup against lower-league Reims Sainte-Anne is a great way to do so.
Michel Der Zakarian will likely switch things up when it comes to formations, so expect a lot of changes in the final lineup. Reims Ste Anne don’t really have much of a chance here, but they’ve been rather efficient at keeping opponents out of the restricted area in the last few games. However, if an upset were to happen, this game would be our pick. Reims Ste Anne are surprisingly solid, so a draw wouldn’t be out of the question either.
Highlighted Player (Keagan Dolly):
Keagan Dolly is a South Africa international who was born in Johannesburg on January 22, 1993. Dolly played for the likes of Westbury Arsenal, School of Excellence, Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town during his youth career and he made his senior debut for the Urban Warriors on August 22, 2012 in a 3-1 loss to Moroka Swallows.
In 2014 he joined fellow PSL club Mamelodi Sundowns and he made 34 appearances for the Kabo Yellow in the league from 2014 to 2017. In the winter of 2017 the 170-cm-tall midfielder moved to France, signing a four-year deal with Montpellier. The South African footballer made his debut for La Paillade February 11, 2017 in a 3-0 victory over Nancy. It has to be noted that he made 12 appearances for Montpellier in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign.
Keagan Dolly represented South Africa at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He made his debut for Bafana Bafana on September 6, 2016 in a friendly against Egypt.
Highlighted Team (Montpellier):
Over the years Montpellier have established themselves as a mid-table side in French Ligue 1. Montpellier are considered one of the youngest clubs in France as they were founded in 1974, but it has to be noted that a number of high-profile footballers played for the club in the past. French football legend Laurent Blanc played for Montpellier from 1981-1993 and he scored 76 goals in 24 appearances in the league for the club. Eric Cantona, Roger Milla, Carlos Valderama and Olivier Giroud played in Montpellier’s colors as well, but Pascal Baills is the player with most appearances for the club (429).
La Paillade did remarkably well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in 2012 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Montpellier won Coupe de France on two occasions (1929, 1990), with the team beating FC Sete and FC Paris respectively in the title games. The team welcome their rivals at Stade de la Mosson and the capacity of the stadium is 32.900. In 1999 Montpellier won the UEFA Intertoto Cup.