Nancy hosts Amiens in the Coupe de France 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Saturday, January 29th at Stade Marcel Picot (Nancy)
Nancy is at the bottom of the standings in French Ligue 2. In fact, it is not entirely clear why the team is wasting energy on the Cup. The Thistles should rather focus on correcting the situation in the championship. In the last round, they lost to Toulouse with a score of 4-0. It was their sixth defeat in a row in Ligue 2. Nancy has already gone through four rounds of the French Cup, eliminating the following opponents: Plantieres Metz (1:3), Bischheim Soleil (0-1), Troyes (1-1 and a victory in penalty shootout), and Rennes (1-1 and 4-3 on penalties). Of course, having beaten two representatives of the elite division, the Thistles surprised and delighted their fans at the same time. Six out of eight last games of Nancy in the French Cup ended with Over 2.5 goals scored.
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Amiens played in Ligue 1 in the previous season. Currently, this team is in the middle of the Ligue 2 standings, namely, in 14th position. It is difficult to answer questions about whether the Unicorns are in good or bad form right now. In the last five matches of the championship, they gained three victories and suffered two defeats. At the same time, the players are probably in a good mood now. In the last round, they were stronger than Guingamp at home (3-0). By the way, four out of five mentioned matches ended with “Both teams to score — no.” In the current cup draw, Amiens has crossed paths with quite modest opponents. The Unicorns managed to eliminate such clubs as ES-Anzin (0-5), Cambrai (1-4), Guingamp (2-3), and Linas-Montlhery (3-3 and 3-4 on penalties).
The history of head-to-head confrontations between Nancy and Amiens cannot be called rich. The teams played only 19 matches against each other. The Thistles gained seven victories, while the Unicorns won three times. In the first round of the current Ligue 2 draw, these teams could not determine the winner (2-2). Amiens is doing better in the current championship. Actually, the positions of the teams in the standings only confirm this statement. However, I will not undertake to bet on the Unicorns in the upcoming game. Still, Nancy performs very well in the French Cup. It looks like this tournament is a breath of fresh air for the team. In addition, do not forget that in recent years, the Thistles have not suffered a single home defeat in head-to-head matches against Amiens (two victories and two draws).