Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Tours and Nimes are old foes from their Ligue 2 days, but their current situations couldn’t be more different today. Olympique Nimes has managed to become a mainstay in Ligue 1, impressive everyone by their unexpected 9th place finish. This season, however, they are perhaps the most obvious relegation candidate. With just 12 points in 19 games, they’re fighting for the bottom of the league with Toulouse. To avoid getting back to Ligue 2, Nimes has to start a positive streak.
The only way that’s going to happen is by stopping Tours’ own streak of two wins. Administratively relegated to the fifth tier of French football, Tours will be looking to give their fans some hope by orchestrating a glorious upset. There’s no better way to accomplish this than by humiliating an old rival in your own backyard. Nimes wins, but only narrowly. This greatly depends on the lineups they opt for in the end.
Highlighted Player (Lucas Deaux):
Born in Reims, France on December 26, 1998 Lucas Deaux started his career at Reims. The right-footed midfielder scored seven goals in 117 appearances in the league for the Stade Auguste Delaune outfit and he moved to Nantes in the 2012 summer transfer window. Deaux quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the club and you should bear in mind that he played no less than 119 league matches for les Canaris from 2012 to 2015.
In 2016 he moved to Belgium, signing a deal with Gent, but he made only five appearances for de Buffalo’s in the Belgian top flight. Lucas Deaux soon returned to France as he signed a three-year-deal with Guingamp on July 1, 2016. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is capable of playing as a centre-back as well if needed.
His preferred foot is right and the 188-cm-tall footballer is very good in the air. Lucas Deaux scored two goals, while providing five assists for his teammates in 38 appearances for Guingamp in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign.
Highlighted Team (Nimes):
Founded on April 10, 1937 Nimes Olympique are a French club that will compete in the Ligue 1 in the 2018/2019 season. Les crocodiles were playing an important role in French football in the last 50s, with the team finishing second on four occasions (1958, 1959, 1960, 1972).
Nimes made it to the French Cup final in 1958, 1961 and 1996, but they eventually failed to lift the trophy. Nimes are well known for their red home colours, but they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. Stade de Costieres has been the home of Nimes since 1989, when it was opened.
The venue can hold up to 18,482 spectators and the construction cost €160 million. Speaking of the club’s notable footballers, the likes of Wilson Oruma, Mehmed Bazdarevic, Aliou Cisse, Benjamin Moukandjo, Laurent Blanc, Frederic Piquionne and Eric Cantona were all part of les crocodiles in the past. Montpellier are considered their biggest rivals.