Our prediction for this Coupe de la Ligue match:
Wednesday’s Coupe de la Ligue game at Stade Credit Agricole de la Licorne pits together Amiens and Rennes, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the Ligue 1 standings. Amiens are fighting hard to avoid relegation to the Ligue 2, while Rennes are eyeing a place in European competitions.
Considering that the Unicorns suffered four defeats in the last five league fixtures, we do not believe that they are capable of matching les Rouges et Noirs in the Coupe de la Ligue last 16. Rennes seem to be on top of their game ahead of the trip to Amiens, and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. It has to be noted that Julien Stephan’s troops defeated Olympique Lyon on the road in their last league match, with Eduardo Camavinga scoring the only goal of the game.
Highlighted Player (Regis Gurtner):
Born in Saverne, France on Devember 8, 1986, Regis Gurtner began his career at the youth team of FR Haguenau. In 2004 he moved to Strasbourg football academy and four years later he made his first-team debut with La Racing.
The 183-cm-tall goalkeeper played 43 games for Strasbourg and in 2011 he signed a deal with fellow Ligue 2 side Boulogne. After making 93 appearances for the club from 2011 to 2014, Regis Gurtner joined Le Havre at the end of the 2013/2014 season, but he played no more than four games for les Ciel et Marine.
Gurtner signed for Amiens in 2015 and he established himself as a first-choice goalkeeper for the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 season, keeping 12 clean sheets in 38 appearances in the league for les Licornes. At the end of the season Amiens secured promotion to the French elite division, with the team finishing the campaign in second place in the standings, only one point behind Strasbourg.
Highlighted Team (Rennes):
Stade Rennais Football Club or simply Rennes is a French football club which was founded on March 10, 1901. The club is one of the founding members of the French Ligue 1 and they are nicknamed Les Rouges et Noirs. Roazhon Park is the club’s home ground and the venue can hold 29.778 people. Rennes have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but they won Coupe de France title on two occasions (1964/1965, 1970/1971). Speaking of Coupe de la Ligue, les Rouges et Noirs made it to the final of the competition in the 2012/2013 season, but they were beaten by Saint Etienne (1-0) in the title game at Stade de France.
A number of top-class footballers played for Stade Rennais Football Club in the past and the likes of Sylvain Wiltord, Yoann Gourcuff, Yann M’Vila, Moussa Sow and Jimmy Briand are considered the club’s most notable players. Rennes footballers wear black and red jerseys when playing at home, while they wear white when playing on the travels.