Our football match prediction:
A place in the French Cup last 32 will be at stake when Saint-Etienne and Nimes face each other at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday afternoon. Saint-Etienne made a promising start to the season, but they have been struggling in Ligue 1 ever since and you should bear in mind that the team recorded their last win in the league back on October 14. Les Verts are desperate to put an end to the negative trend and a win over Nimes in the Coupe de France will certainly help them regain a much-needed confidence. Les Crocodiles have been in a splendid form of late, but the team’s main goal is to secure automatic promotion to the French top flight. Saint-Etienne want this win more than Nimes and that is the main reason why we predict the hosts will advance to the next round of the Coupe de France.
Highlighted Player (Cheikh MBengue):
Born in Toulouse on 23 July, 1988, Cheikh M’Bengue started his youth career at FA Roques. In 1996 Toulouse scouts spotted him and he soon joined the French team. The 182-cm-tall left back made his Toulouse debut on 15 September, 2007 against Marseille, coming from the bench in the second half of the match. A week later he made his first start for les Pitchouns in a 2-0 loss to Saint Etienne. In 2013 he moved to Rennes and after spending three years at the club he joined Saint Etienne on 20 July, 2016 on a free transfer. His contract with les Verts expires on 30 June, 2019. Cheikh M’Bengue was born in Toulouse and as a result, he played for France U21 team in the past. However, seeing that his parents are of Senegalese descent, he decided to represent the Lions of Teranga at senior level. The Saint Etienne defender made his Senegal debut in June 2011.
Highlighted Team (St Etienne):
Saint Etienne are a professional football club that compete in French Ligue 1. Les Verts were founded in 1919 by employees of a grocery store chain based in Saint Etienne. Saint Etienne wear green shirts and white shorts when playing at home ground and they play their home matches at Stade Geofrroy-Guichard. The stadium was opener on 13 September, 1931 and following the renovation the capacity of the venue increased to 42 000. In 1981 les Verts won their tenth Ligue 1 trophy, but they have been in the shadow of Ligue 1 giants Lyon and PSG in the 21st century. Speaking of the club’s European success, Saint Etienne made it to the European Cup (Champions League) final in 1976, but Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich proved to be a big catch for the French outfit. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the likes of Michel Platini, Jacques Santini, Laurent Blanc and Aime Jacquet all played for Saint Etienne in the past.