We have a total of sixteen Coupe de France ties to look forward to this week, and I’ve chosen three that offer us some big potential profit. This French cup competition is known for dishing up drama, so the odds for these games are often very attractive.
Let’s get right into it.
Pau vs. Bordeaux – 1/16/20
Pau host Bordeaux as the Coupe de France Round of 32 action kicks off on Thursday night. Pau currently find themselves fourth in the third tier of French soccer, while Bordeaux have slipped to thirteenth in Ligue 1 after four straight defeats. On the other hand, Pau have only lost one of their last thirteen games in all competitions, so it’s fair to say the third-tier side come into this game as the in-form team. Bordeaux are obviously the favorites due to their top-flight status, but the Coupe de France always springs up plenty of surprises. For that reason, I’m backing Pau at the bumper price of 5.01.
Pick: Pau to Win – 5.01
Nantes vs. Lyon – 1/18/20
Both Nantes and Lyon compete in Ligue 1, so this is set to be a tight matchup. Nantes sit fourth in the top-flight table with 32 points, while Lyon are seventh on 29. There’s very little to separate these two teams at the moment. Nantes come into this game on the back of a 2-0 win over St-Etienne. Similarly, Lyon beat Bordeaux 2-1 in their previous outing. The bookies have made Lyon the favorite for this tie at 2.04, while you can get odds of 3.52 for a Nantes win. However, I like the look of the draw here. Both sides are evenly matched, so we are likely to see a close encounter on Saturday.
Pick: The Draw – 3.38
Dijon vs. Nimes – 1/19/20
Another all-Ligue 1 matchup sees Nimes travel to Dijon on Sunday. Both sides are struggling in the top-flight this season, but both managed to claim valuable victories last time out. Dijon beat Lille 1-0, while Nimes overcame Stade Reims 2-0. Despite both victories, Dijon still remain six points clear of Nimes in the table. The two teams are the joint-lowest scorers in the division, but Dijon have conceded far less goals than Nimes this season. I think Dijon’s superior defensive record will see them beat Nimes in this game, and odds of 2.11 for a home win are very attractive.
Pick: Dijon to Win – 2.11