The round of 16 of the Coupe de France will take place this weekend in France. Four Breton representatives are still in the running, among them one of the little thumbs of the competition, Stade Plabennecois.
They were more than 7,000 clubs at the start and there are now only 32 left. Among them, representatives of Ligue 1 such as Stade Rennais, FC Lorient or Stade Brestois, but also surprises like Stade Plabennecois which plays in National 3. And while the road to the Grail still looks long and strewn with pitfalls, the draw was not the most lenient with our Breton teams.
Difficult opponents for Rennes and Brest
Stade Rennais will travel to the Vélodrome this Friday for a clash between two big cars in Ligue 1. Deprived in particular of Martin Terrier, Bruno Génésio could again field a three-man defense, the same one that worked so well during the victory against Paris Saint Germain. Marseille, which remains on five consecutive victories (TCC), will wish for its part to continue its journey in the Coupe de France after having been eliminated from all European competition.
Stade Brestois, which has two draws in a row in the league, will host RC Lens this Sunday. Although outsiders against Sang et Or who have not bowed since October 9, the Ty-Zefs will try as best they can to surf on the new dynamic instilled by Eric Roy. And who knows what the Finisterians are capable of with a Steve Mounié in great shape (3 goals in his last 5 appearances).
A trap opponent for Lorient
If the Merlus have inherited an interesting draw in many respects, they will nevertheless have to go to Corsica to face Bastia, the current 7th in Ligue 2. Ultra favorites, the Morbihannais should not however fall into complacency at risk to be taken by surprise. Régis Le Bris should also take advantage of this match to set aside some players awaiting transfer and rotate his workforce.
The feat in sight for Plabennec
Winner of Cholet (1-0), Ergué-Gabéric (2-1) then Vannes (2-0), the Stade Plabennecois will have to deliver a huge performance this time to hope to overcome Grenoble, resident of Ligue 2 and serious contender for the rise in the elite. One thing is certain, the Breton supporters will indeed be present in large numbers in the stands of the Kerveguen stadium to encourage Nicolas Cloarec’s protégés.
The posters of our Breton clubs for the 16th finals of the French Cup
Friday at 9 p.m.: Olympique de Marseille (L1) — Rennes Stadium (L1)
Saturday at 6 p.m.: SC Bastia (L2) — FC Lorient (L1)
Saturday at 6 p.m.: Plabennecois Stadium (N3) —Grenoble (L2)
Sunday at 9 p.m.: Stade Brestois 29 (L1) — RC Lens (L1)