Our prediction for this Coupe de la Ligue match:
Nimes welcome Saint-Etienne at their Stade des Costieres in what is expected to be a very interesting game. The Crocodiles did well to beat Strasbourg on the road in their last league game, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the Coupe de la Ligue clash. In their last meeting at Stade des Costieres in the Ligue 1 the two teams played out a 1-1 draw and seeing that Saint-Etienne are not regarded as good travelers, yet another close encounter is on the cards. Les Verts recorded only one win in previous eight away games in the Ligue 1, but given the quality of Jean-Louis Gasset’s team, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. A man to watch in the away team will be Tunisia attacker Wahbi Khazri, who has netted six goals in the French top flight so far this term.
Highlighted Player (Anthony Briancon):
Born in Avignon, France on November 28, 1994, Anthony Brianco is a defender who is a product of Nimes youth academy. His main position is centre-back, but the French footballer is used as a defensive midfielder as well. Briancon made his senior debut for Nimes in Ligue 2 on May 16, 2014 against Creteil, coming as a substitute for Pierre Bouby in the 54th minute of the match.
The two teams shared the spoils (1-1) and it is important to note that Anthony Briancon has been playing for les crocodiles ever since. The French defender has a contract with Nimes which should expire on June 30, 2021. Briancon scored his first ever goal for les crocodiles in January 2016 in a thrilling 6-2 victory over Clermont.
The 185-cm-tall defender played an important role in Nimes in the 2017/2018 season, scoring 3 goals in 37 appearances for the club in the process and, no doubt, he helped Bernard Blaquart’s team secure promotion to the French top flight.
Highlighted Team (St Etienne):
Saint Etienne are a professional football club that compete in French Ligue 1. Les Verts were founded in 1919 by employees of a grocery store chain based in Saint Etienne. Saint Etienne wear green shirts and white shorts when playing at home ground and they play their home matches at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
The stadium was opener on 13 September, 1931 and following the renovation the capacity of the venue increased to 42 000. In 1981 les Verts won their tenth Ligue 1 trophy, but they have been in the shadow of Ligue 1 giants Lyon and PSG in the 21st century.
Speaking of the club’s European success, Saint Etienne made it to the European Cup (Champions League) final in 1976, but Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich proved to be a big catch for the French outfit. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the likes of Michel Platini, Jacques Santini, Laurent Blanc and Aime Jacquet all played for Saint Etienne in the past.