Our prediction for this Coupe de la Ligue match:
Buoyed by back-to-back league wins over Dijon and Nimes, Nantes will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they face Strasbourg in the Coupe de la Ligue last 16. Les Canaris kicked off their French League Cup campaign with a fantastic 8-0 win over Paris FC, which is surely giving their supporters a reason for optimism ahead of Wednesday’s clash.
You should bear in mind that Nantes defeated the likes of Toulouse and Dijon in the last two home games in the French elite division. Le Racing, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team beating the likes of Toulouse and Bordeaux in the last two league matches. A close match is on the cards at Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau, and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils after 90 minutes.
Highlighted Player (Mehdi Abeid):
Mehdi Abeid is an Algerian professional footballer who played for France youth teams. He represented les Tricolores at the 2009 UEFA European U17 Championship, making appearance in each of the three group games. Abeid played for France U16, U18 and U23 teams as well in the past, but he then decided to represent Algeria on the international stage at senior level.
The 180-cm-tall midfielder, who was born in Montreuil, France on 6 August, 1992 made his Algeria debut in June, 2015, coming as a substitute in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Seychelles. Speaking of his club career, the Algerian international played for the likes of Newcastle United, St. Johnstone and Panathinaikos in the past before joining French team Dijon in 2016.
The Dijon midfielder scored three goals in 24 league appearances for Panathinaikos in the 2015/2016 season. Mehdi Abeid is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and a central midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Strasbourg):
Founded back in 1906, Strasbourg is a professional football team that compete in French Ligue 1. Le Racing did remarkably well to win the 1979 Ligue 1 trophy and that is considered the biggest success in the history of the club. Strasbourg won Coupe de France on three occasions (1951, 1966, 2001) and they have three Coupe de la Ligue trophies as well (1964, 1997, 2005). Strasbourg’s main rivals are Metz and the two teams face each other in the Derby de l’Est (The Eastern derby).
Le Racing recorded their biggest victory over Valenciennes (10-0) in the 1937-1938 season, whilst they suffered their biggest loss to Limoges (0-8) in the 1959/1960 season. Paraguayan goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert, who is well known for his free-kick abilities, played for the club from 2000 to 2003, but he failed to score in a league match during his spell with the Stade de la Meinau outfit. Speaking of Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg’s home ground was opened back in 1914 and the capacity of the venue is 29,320.