Nantes hosts Bastia in the Coupe de France quarterfinals. The match will be played on Thursday, February 10th at Stade de la Beaujoire (Nantes)
In the last round of the French championship, Nantes lost to Strasbourg on a foreign pitch (1-0). The streak of two consecutive victories in all tournaments came to an end. As a result, the Canaries dropped to 10th place in the standings, and the chances of getting into European competitions decreased significantly. Nevertheless, Antoine Kombouare’s men have already gone through three stages of the French Cup. At first, they eliminated Sochaux (0-0 in regulation and extra time and 4-5 on penalties), and then they beat Vitre away and Brest at home (both games ended with a score of 2-0). In the last nine home games in the French Cup, the Canaries invariably scored at least two goals.
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Bastia plays in French Ligue 2. At this stage of the season, the team is fighting for survival. It has 25 points, but the gap from the relegation zone is only three points. Regis Brouard’s men are on the 17th line at the moment. In the last four official matches in all tournaments, Bastia failed to gain a single victory: three draws and one defeat. However, the Blues are beyond praise in the current French Cup draw. They went through four rounds. At first, they beat Les Herbiers (1-1 in regulation time and 3-4 on penalties) and Hauts Lyonnais (1-3). And then they gained victories over representatives of the elite division: Clermont (2-0) and Reims (1-1 and 3-5 on penalties).
Bastia and Nantes know each other quite well. The history of their head-to-head confrontations includes 75 matches. The Canaries gained 32 victories, and the Blues won 25 times. Let’s note that at least two goals were scored in the last 14 home games of Nantes in the French Cup. With all due respect to the Blues, they already surpassed themselves when they managed to knock out the representatives of Ligue 1 in the previous two stages. But Nantes is stronger than Reims and Clermont, so Bastia will probably leave the cup in the quarterfinals. Among other things, do not forget that the Canaries historically perform well at their native stadium (in all tournaments). An additional motivation for the hosts will be the fact that their last official match in Ligue 1 ended with a defeat to Strasbourg (1-0).