One of a few Ligue 1 matchups in the Coupe de France Round of 64 has Clermont Foot 63 traveling to face FC Metz on Friday at the Stage Saint-Symphorien.
Clermont's history boasts remarkable achievements in the Coupe de France. In the 1945–46 season, the club had an impressive run to the semifinals.
Another standout moment for Clermont unfolded during the 1997 edition, when they triumphed over FC Martigues, FC Lorient, and Paris Saint-Germain. Clermont's run would end with a loss to OGC Nice in the quarterfinals.
As for FC Metz, they have appeared in three Coupe de France finals. Their first appearance came in 1938 when they fell to Olympique de Marseille. Over 40 years would pass until Metz could redeem themselves in another final.
Metz returned to two finals in the 1980s, coming out on the winning side both times. Les Grenats beat AS Monaco in 1984 and FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in 1988.
Both teams will be aiming to kick off 2024 on a positive note, given their current involvement in the relegation battle. Even though it's not a league game, the two sides can use a win to build momentum once Ligue 1 matches resume.
Clermont are at the bottom of the Ligue 1 table with 11 points, five from safety. Meanwhile, Metz are two points clear of the relegation playoff spot.
Les Auvergnois will hope the Coupe de France can spark their attack, which has scored 11 goals in league play. Metz's offense will also be looking to find another level, as they've scored 16 goals in Ligue 1 this season.