Grenoble take on the visitors Strasbourg at “Stade des Alpes” in the 1/8 final stage of the Coup de France. The game will be played in Grenoble on Thursday, February 8th.
Few years ago Grenoble performed in the French elite division, showing strong football, however, the club is currently in an obvious crisis. On the previous stages of the Coup de France the side has knocked out Annecy, Tarbes, GFC Ajaccio and Biesheim. At this point Grenoble settle on the third place in the National table which is the third football tier of France, having picked up 32 points in 19 encounters played. The club’s offense looks not bad as it has scored 21 goals while its defense also demonstrates decent level, having conceded only 13 goals. In the latest clashes conducted at “Stade des Alpes” the team was beaten by Boulogne 1:2 as well as gained two draws against Concarneau and Chambly with the same 0:0 scoreline.
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In their turn, Strasbourg have knocked out Dijon and Lille on their road to the 1/8 final of the Coup de France. The side currently occupies the 14th position in the Ligue 1 standings with 27 points earned after 24 games behind. The club’s attack feels slightly unconfident with only 28 scored goals, however, its defense is doing even worse, having conceded 41 goals already. In the recent fights conducted on the road Strasbourg have been broken by Lille 1:2, Marseille 0:2 and Metz 0:3.
Last time the rivals met in 2013 when Strasbourg celebrated 1:0 victory over Grenoble. At this point the visitors look stronger as they perform in a higher division, having top class players in the squad. However, surprises may occur in upcoming battle as it is a Cup game. I presume that the hosts will prefer a defensive football, consequently, I don’t believe that there will be many goals combined in the Thursday game.
Prediction for the match: Under 3.0 score goals.