Nates V Lens
A spot in the Coupe de France semis will be at stake when Nantes and Lens square off against each other at Stade de la Beaujoire on Wednesday. Les Canaris failed to shock Juventus in the Europa League double-header, and they head into the match following the Ligue 1 loss to Rennes. Both Moses Simon and Moussa Sissoko are pushing for a start, while Nicolas Pallois and Quentin Merlin remain in the recovery room.
Les Sang et Or, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team losing to Lyon, beating Nantes, while sharing the spoils with Montpellier. Lens are eager to record yet another triumph over les Canaris, and given Nantes’ busy fixture list, away triumph should be considered. All Claude Maurice, Wesley Said, Steven Fortes, and Adam Buksa are out of contention with injuries, speaking of the visiting side.
Toulouse V Rodez
Toulouse play host to Rodez at their Stadium Municipal in the Coupe de France quarter-finals. Toulouse suffered yet another dip in form, with the team experiencing all sorts of problems at the back in back-to-back losses to Marseille (2-3) and Reims (0-3), but they are still seen as favourites to beat the Ligue 2 side in front of home fans. Rafael Ratao limped off with injury at the weekend, with Fares Chaibi likely to drop to the bench.
Rodez, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Bastia, and given their difficulties in front of goal, home win should be considered. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the trip to Haute-Garonne. In their last meeting in a competitive match Rodez defeated Toulouse thanks to Bradlay Danger’s goal, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Marseille V Annecy
Olympique Marseille play host to Annecy at their Stade Velodrome in the Coupe de France quarter-finals. OM failed to make life difficult for star-studded PSG in the Ligue 1 derby (0-3), but they are seen as hot favourites to beat the Ligue 2 side in front of home fans. Marseille aim to save the season by going all the way in the French Cup, and we predict that they will prove their worth on the field. Chancel Mbemba is back from suspension, while both Dmitri Payet and Vitinha should be recalled to the starting XI.
The visitors, on the other hand, booked their place in the quarter-finals by beating Paris FC on the road, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Olympique Marseille, who have turned their Stade Velodrome into a real fortress. You should bear in mind that Annecy experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-1 loss to Sochaux at the weekend.
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