Our prediction for this Coupe de la Ligue match:
A spot in the Coupe de la Ligue last 16 will be at stake when Le Mans and Nice face each other at MMArena on Wednesday evening. Le Mans set up a meeting with Nice by beating the likes of Lorient and Orleans, but les Aiglons are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals.
The Ligue 2 side, though, have been producing fine performances at home in the French second tier of late and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their third consecutive triumph at their MMArena. Nice, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their form in the first half of the season and seeing that they are on a three-game losing run in the French top flight, we are tempted to put our money on the underdogs this time out.
Highlighted Player (Guessouma Fofana):
Guessouma Fofana is a footballer of Malian descent who plays for Amiens in Ligue 1. Fofana started his career at Le Havre B and after making 20 appearances for the club he joined Boulogne B in 2012. Due to the lack of first-team football, he moved to Lyon-Duchere in 2013 and the midfielder played 43 games for the club before joining Amiens in 2015.
The 184-cm-tall footballer has been playing for les Licornes ever since and it has to be noted that he scored three goals and provided three assists for his teammates in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign. Amiens enjoyed a very successful season and, as a result, they secured promotion to the French top flight.
Guessouma Fofana was born in Le Havre on December 17, 1992 and his preferred foot is right. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. Fofana’s contract with Amiens expires on June 30, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Nice):
OGC Nice are a football club that participate in French Ligue 1. Les Aiglons welcome their opponents at Allianz Riviera and the club was founded on 9 July, 1904 by Marquis Massengy d’ Auzac.
OGC Nice won their first Ligue 1 trophy back in 1951 and eight years later they clinched their fourth and last domestic title. Speaking of the French Cup, les Aiglons won their third Coupe de France title in 1997. Allianz Riviera has been the home ground of the club since September, 2013 and it has to be noted that the construction of the venue cost €250 million. OGC Nice play their home games in red and black shirts and black shorts, while the colour of their away kits is white.
The Ligue 1 team booked their place in the Europa League group stages for the 2016/2017 season for the first time in the club’s history and they were drawn alongside Schalke 04, Salzburg and Krasnodar in Group I. However, they were beaten by Schalke in their Europa League opener in front of home fans.