Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Strasbourg and Montpellier face each other in an all-Ligue 1 clash in the Coupe de France last 64. As expected, Strasbourg were crushed by Lyon (0-3) in their last league match, but they are surely capable of matching Montpellier at home ground. The likes of Mothiba, Sels, and Simakan remain in the recovery room, while Guilbert has been tested positive for coronavirus. La Paillade, on the other hand, aim to build on a 4-2 win over Dijon.
Montpellier regained a much-needed confidence at the weekend, and seeing that they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Wednesday’s Coupe de France clash, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. Serbia international Petar Skuletic, who scored as a substitute in the triumph over Dijon, is pushing for a start, while Cameroon defender Ambroise Oyongo remains on the sidelines with injury.
Highlighted Player (Kenny Lala):
Born on the 3rd of October, 1991, Kenny Lala is a professional footballer who plays for Strasbourg. Lala started his youth career with local amateur club ES Parisienne and spent four years developing with the club before being recruited by Paris FC in 2008.
Two years later, the French left-back signed his first professional contract with PFC and made his senior debut on the 14th of September, 2010, in a league game against Strasbourg Alsace. The following season, Lala joined Valenciennes and made his Ligue 1 one debut on the 6th of November, 2011, featuring in the club's 1-1 draw with Stade Rennais.
Following successful spells at the Athenians and then at RC Lens, the 28 years old signed for Strasbourg in 2017 on a contract that that is set to expire in 2021. On the International front, Lala has never represented France at any youth level and is yet to get called-up to its senior team.
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.