After an exciting weekend of league footy, the likes of Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyonnais will all be seen in action in the French Cup as the tournament enters the Round of 16 stage.
First up on Tuesday evening is a clash between AJ Auxerre, the club that played a pivotal role in the growth of Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc, Philippe Mexes, Djibril Cisse and co, and third tier Les Herbiers VF.
The bulk of the action is on Wednesday, with six of the eight ties taking place that evening.
We’ve got two all Ligue 1 fixtures, with Lyon away at Montpellier and Caen making a trip to Metz. OL fell from 2nd to fourth in the league over the weekend following a disappointing result at ten man Monaco, squandering a two goal lead against ten man ASM to lose 3-2. Montpellier beat Angers 2-1 over the weekend and will be keen to put last week’s League Cup semifinal exit behind them, having lost 2-0 to Monaco.
Metz were involved in what was THE game of the weekend- a nine goal thriller at Stade Velodrome which they ended up on the wrong side of a 6-3 scoreline. Lost they might have, but the result put FCM into the history books- it’s currently the highest scoring game in Ligue 1 this season, and unlikely to be bettered, given the French top flight’s recent records.
PSG were up against Ligue 2 opposition last season in the Round of 16 and will meet another opposition from the same division this year. Paris were imperious against Lille and the likes of Giovani Le Celso, who scored a delightful chip goal over the weekend, will get another chance to showcase their talents. Unai Emery’s side are expected to easily brush aside FCSM according to the odds at BettingTop10.com.
Marseille were eliminated at this stage last year by Monaco on penalties, but L’OM should be expected to progress this season as they’re up against lowly Bourg-en-Bresse. The lowest ranked team still in the competition are US Granville, who should be expected to give their all against third tier Chambly as they seek to continue their dream run.
Another fixture, with a potential for a Cupset, is second from bottom Troyes away at second tier Lens.
Finally on Thursday, we have last year’s Ligue 2 champions, RC Strasbourg, who will be in action away at Grenoble. Strasbourg will beaten by third division side Avranches last year at this stage and will be looking to avoid another similar upset against Grenoble.
Metz v Caen
Montpellier v Lyon
Bourg-en-Bresse v Marseille
Sochaux v PSG
Lens v Troyes
Chambly v Granville
Auxerre v Les Herbiers
Grenoble v Strasbourg