In a highly anticipated Coupe de France encounter, Clermont Foot 63 is set to clash with RC Strasbourg Alsace at the Stade Gabriel Montpied. The stage is set for an intriguing battle between a determined Clermont side seeking to make history and a seasoned Strasbourg team with a rich Coupe de France pedigree.
Clermont Foot enters the match with the weight of history on their shoulders, having never lifted the Coupe de France trophy. Under the guidance of manager Pascal Gastien, the team is riding high on the momentum generated by their recent qualification against Metz and a crucial league victory in Nantes.
However, standing in their way is RC Strasbourg Alsace, a club with three Coupe de France titles to their name. Managed by Patrick Vieira, Strasbourg have been in exceptional form, avoiding defeat since December 1st, when they lost against Reims. The team has secured three victories in their last five matches, including a convincing performance in the previous round against Avoine Chinon.
The plot thickens as these two sides are set to meet again in Ligue 1 in less than ten days, adding a unique dynamic to their Coupe de France encounter. The familiarity between the teams could play a pivotal role in shaping their strategies and approach on the field.
Clermont Foot face some challenges, with key players such as Mory Diaw, Alidu Seidu, and Jérémie Bela participating in AFCON. Also, the absence of Komnen Andric and Cheick Oumar Konaté, and uncertainties surrounding Massamba N'Diaye and Johan Gastien due to injuries, present additional hurdles for Clermont. On the positive side, Maximiliano Caufriez returns from suspension.