Red Star-OL: Get back to winning ways (7 PM, Eurosport 2)
It's now been three matches in a row without a win in Ligue 1, a dip in form that has knocked OL off the podium, but without putting an end to its ambitions. But this Thursday it is no longer a question of the league since it is a Coupe de France match that awaits the team. As in the two previous rounds, Les Gones face a team currently playing in a lower division: Red Star, who compete in the third-tier National. Ahead of Angers’ visit on Sunday, qualification would be the ideal launching pad to tackle the last seven matches of the league. Finally, if Rudi Garcia's men show the same seriousness as against Ajaccio and Sochaux (two wins and ten goals scored in those two matches), there is no reason why it should not be the same against the Ile-de-France side.
The more the matches go by, the closer OL get to the last four of the Coupe de France. Eliminated in the semifinals last year, the club are aiming to do at least as well in 2021. For that to be the case, it will be necessary to look sharp against this Red Star side. A victory and a qualification for the next round would be the ideal for this somewhat difficult run that Memphis and his side are currently on.
A historic French football club, Red Star have lately bounced between the National and Ligue 2, and had hoped for promotion last year before the league season ended prematurely. This season, the Saint-Ouen club are in sixth place in the National, just two points off third, which guarantees a play-off spot for promotion. While Vincent Bordot's men are having some difficulty in the league at the moment (five matches without a win), they proved in the previous round that there is no such thing as a favorite in the Coupe de France. The Ile-de-France side beat Lens thanks to a goal at the very end of the game from Alan Dzabana, a product of the team's Academy, the same Lens side who just gave the Lyonnais so much trouble last weekend in the league. Rudi Garcia and his players will have to be wary!