Our prediction for this Coupe de la Ligue match:
Monaco will be looking to save the season by winning the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Rouges et Blancs have been struggling in the Ligue 1 this term and, no doubt, they are desperate to give fans some cheer. Coach Thierry Henry has a number of injury worries ahead of the quarter-finals of the League Cup, but seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on Radamel Falcao and Co. Rennes, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Monaco by beating Nantes in front of home fans. Les Rouges et Noirs aim to go all the way in the Coupe de la Ligue this season, but seeing that Monaco want this win more, home win should be considered. In their last meeting in the league Rennes emerged triumphant, meaning that Thierry Henry’s troops are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Nacer Chadli):
Nacer Chadli is an Belgian football with Moroccan roots born on 2nd of August 1989 in Liege. Chadli started his youth career at Standard Luik and went to the youth academy of MVV Maastricht in 2005. After playing for AGOVV Apeldoorn and FC Twente in the Netherlands he got transferred to Tottenham Hotspur for approximately 7 million euro. Nacer Chadli got selected for both the Belgian and the Moroccan national football team. Eventually Chadli decided to play for the Belgian team where he made his debut in March 2011. Chadli is a offensive midfieldier which prefers to play on the right side of the pitch. With 187cm he is physically very strong and despite his length Chadli is known for his agility as well. Chadli played for over 30 games for the national team of Belgium and was active on the World Cup 2014 as well. The biggest achievement of Chadli was in season 2010/2011 where he managed to win the national cup with FC Twente. Chadli is a hard working player that showed it’s possible to start from the bottom and end at the top.
Highlighted Team (Stade 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.