Nice hosts Marseille in the Coupe de France quarterfinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 9th at Allianz Riviera (Nice)
Nice players are not in the best mood preparing for the quarterfinals of the French Cup. The fact is that in the last round of Ligue 1 they lost to one of the fighters for survival, Clermont (0-1). Thus, Galtier’s men missed the opportunity to be on the second line in the standings. Now they are in third place. And it is Marseille who is on the 2nd line! In the last round of the French Cup, the Eaglets have become the authors of the biggest sensation of the tournament. They managed to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain. Regulation time ended in a goalless draw, and the Eaglets were more accurate in the penalty shootout (5-6). In the last Cup draw, the Red-Blacks only reached the 1/16 finals, where they lost 0-2 to Monaco.
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As you understand, Marseille took second place according to the results of the last round. I remind you that it gives the right to play in the Champions League group. Of course, the Olympians will now be in a good mood. Among other things, Jorge Sampaoli’s men are considered the most likely contenders to win the French Cup after PSG was knocked out. In previous rounds, Marseille players were stronger than Cannet Rocheville (1-4), Chauvigny (0-3), and Montpellier (1-1 in regulation and extra time and a victory on penalties). In the previous season, Olympique failed in the French Cup. The team lost to Canet-en-Roussillon already in the 1/16 finals (2-1). Beyond that, Marseille does not shine in away cup matches. In eight previous games, the team gained only four victories and one draw and suffered three defeats.
In the first round of the current championship of France, Nice tied against Marseille at Allianz Riviera (1-1). These teams played 11 head-to-head matches in the French Cup. The Eaglets gained three victories, and the Olympians won five times. The other three confrontations ended in draws. If we recall the performances of these teams in Ligue 1, Nice shows its best football on foreign pitches and regularly makes mistakes at home. Based on this, we can conclude that the Olympians will be closer to victory. In addition, as I’ve already noted, the Eaglets are probably not in the best mood after a defeat to modest Clermont in the last game of the championship (0-1). At the same time, we should not rule out that that loss will additionally motivate the Red-Blacks. Let’s bet on an exchange of goals scored in the upcoming game.