Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
This fixture has all sorts of potential to be the most exhilarating event of the day. While the Round of 64 isn’t fertile ground for upsets, we may very well see the Ligue 2 powerhouse Valenciennes edge out a victory, as they have five wins and one draw in their last six games, sitting in fifth place. Dijon is currently one point above the relegation zone in Ligue 1.
Therefore, this is as close you can get when it comes to Coupe de France matchups. Stéphane Jobard will be looking to reinvigorate Dijon, but even this Sunday morning match up may not be enough. With the worst away record in Ligue 1, they are looking at a daunting task of penetrating the rock-solid backline of Les Athéniens. Expect a slow match with few goals and a lot of key defensive plays on both sides of the pitch.
Highlighted Player (Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson):
Runar Ale Runarsson is a professional footballer who plays for The Iceland National team and French club Dijon FCO. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Alex joined the local club's youth academy in 2012, at the age of seven. On the 25th of July, 2013, Alex made his professional debut, featuring in Reykjavik's 3-1 loss to Standard Liege in a Europa League qualifier match.
After that, he made just three additional appearances for his hometown club before leaving to join FC Nordsjaelland's youth academy in January 2014. In his four years at Nordsjaelland, the 6ft tall goalkeeper made 62 appearances and won the 17/18 player of the season award. In July 2018, Alex joined his current club Dijon FCO on a four-year deal worth 1.6 million euros.
At the International level, the 24-year-old has formerly represented Iceland at every youth level. He was called up to the senior squad for the 2017 China cup. He won his first cap, however, in a friendly against the Czech Republic on the 9th of November, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Dijon):
Founded in 1998, Dijon is a result of a merger between two local clubs. The Mustards played their first ever match in the Ligue 1 on August 7, 2011, with the team suffering a heavy 5-1 loss on their debut in the French top flight. After suffering relegation to Ligue 2 at the end of the 2011/2012 season, the club returned to the French elite division in 2016.
The Mustards finished the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign in 16th place in the standings, only one point clear of the relegation zone. Dijon are well known for their red jerseys, while they wear white when playing on the road. The Mustards welcome their rivals at Stade Gaston Gerard, the venue which was both built and opened in 1934. In the 1998/1999 season the club recorded a historical 12-1 Coupe de France win over Mahault Baie and that is considered the club’s biggest ever win in a competitive match.
Stephane Mangione, who made 181 appearances for the club, is regarded as one of the team’s famous players.