Preview: Nantes vs. Lyon

Preview: Nantes vs. Lyon

Defending champions Nantes will aim to reach back-to-back Coupe de France finals when they welcome Lyon to the Stade de la Beaujoire for their semi-final showdown on Wednesday night.

Having clinched a famous victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday, Lyon find themselves 14 points clear of Nantes in the Ligue 1 table, although both sides have struggled for consistency this season.

Nantes head into Wednesday’s clash on the back of a 3-0 home defeat to Reims, as Will Still’s boys claimed another statement victory to continue their remarkable rise in the French top flight.

As a result, the Canaries have failed to win any of their last six Ligue 1 encounters, with a run of two draws and four losses leaving the club four points above the relegation zone with nine games remaining.

It is also worth noting that Nantes have managed to win just one of their previous nine matches across all competitions, booking their place in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France with a 2-1 victory over Lens back on March 1.

Antoine Kombouare’s men kicked off their Coupe de France campaign with a 2-0 win against lower-league side AF Virois before claiming penalty-shootout victories over ES Thaon and Angers to reach the last eight.

After reaching a ninth Coupe de France final last term – securing their fourth title with a 1-0 win against Nice – Nantes will be hopeful of going all the way once again.

As for Lyon, they have won the Coupe de France on five occasions over the years, although their last triumph came back in 2012 when they defeated semi-professional third-tier outfit Quevilly in the final.

Having notched an impressive 1-0 victory at Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday – courtesy of Bradley Barcola’s second-half strike – Les Gones will be confident of reaching their first Coupe de France final in over a decade.

Lyon extended their unbeaten run to six games thanks to the triumph in Paris, with three wins and three draws coming since their last loss, giving the club a fighting chance of clinching European football for next season.

Better still, Laurent Blanc’s men have lost just one of their last 13 matches across all competitions, picking up seven wins and five draws along the way.

With second-tier side Annecy facing Ligue 1 strugglers Toulouse in the other semi-final, Lyon have the ideal chance to end their trophy drought this year, as the winner of Wednesday’s clash will enter the final as favourites.

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We say: Nantes 1-2 Lyon
Fresh from dispatching PSG, in-form Lyon look set to book their place in the Coupe de France final at the expense of Nantes, who are on course to suffer a sixth defeat in nine games across all competitions.

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