It will be up to Nancy and Lyon to close this Saturday, January 6, a schedule of 18 matches scheduled for the day for the third round of the French Cup 2017/2018 version, the first with the teams of the First Division of the French Championship. The game will be played from 18h (Brasília time) at the Marcel Picot stadium in Nancy.
Nancy’s recent performance
Time that has had passage in Ligue 1, Nancy is in the Second Division. It is far from the fight for seats in the elite of French football. With 20 points (four wins, eight draws and seven losses) he occupies the sixteenth place in the competition. Its very goal is to escape relegation to the Third Division. The region of the sticking is opened by the Bourg Peronnas, that with three points less is in the eighteenth position.
Without the privilege of the teams of the First Division, the Nancy debuted still in the opening stage of the Glass of France. As a visitor, he defeated Forbach 1-0. In the second round, success was more convincing. He also beat Rungis 6-1.
The loose result was certainly due to the weakness of the rival than to the great offensive power of Nancy that, with 22 goals scored in 19 rounds, has the third worst attack of Ligue 2.
The current form of Lyon
Lyon already faced the role of favorite in the League Cup of France and has had a disastrous result. In the last 16, he was beaten 4-1 away from home by Montpellier. Although he was a team with inferior technical quality, he is at least part of Ligue 1. Now he tries to avoid repeating this story.
Even because it has much bigger ambitions and payroll than Nancy. In the French Championship, for example, it participates of the fierce fight for the vice-championship, since the title is in the hands of Paris Saint-Germain. He has 41 points (12 wins, five draws and two losses). It appears in the third position, but has the same score as Monaco, placed second. You lose only in the goal difference.
He has also secured his place in the Europa League knockout stage. Will fight, in February, for survival against Villarreal, Spain. Another major difference from Nancy is her offensive strength. With 46 goals, it is the second best attack of Ligue 1.
Coach Bruno Genésio should be able to rely on practically all of his top players for Saturday’s match. The only doubt he has is regarding the use of striker Bertrand Traore (13 matches in the French Championship 2017/2018, three goals). A knee injury took the Burkina Faso player out of the last eight matches. He remained in treatment throughout the period of paralysis of Ligue 1 for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Will be submitted to a new examination that will determine when you can return to the lawns.
History of the matches
The last three matches between the teams ended in Lyon defeats. Two by 3 to 0 and one by 4 to 0. The most recent in early 2017, when Nancy was still in the First Division
Although Nancy has the right to play in their dominions, the weakness shown by the team in the dispute of Ligue 2 does not open many hopes for risk guesses in this confrontation. Thus, the best indication for the confrontation is the success of Lyon, which has a prize of 1.60 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 3.90 and victory of the team of the Second Division multiplies the investment by 5.00.