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Marseille-Montpellier attractive duel in French Cup soccer

At the Vélodrome stadium in the southern city of Marseille, the hosts will come out as favourites, against a team from La Paillade dimini


At the Vélodrome stadium in the southern city of Marseille, the hosts will come out as favourites, against a team from La Paillade diminished by injuries, although the long-standing single-elimination tournament is an impossible mission for Los Focenses, who will try to begin to rewrite history by defeating a difficult opponent despite casualties.

Montpellier will be without footballers like Téji Savanier and Stéphy Mavididi, both suspended, as well as the injured Valere Germain and Pedro Mendes tonight, while Ambroise Oyongo participates with Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations.

In Ligue1, Marseille is third with 40 points, and the visitor sixth with 34, so if the position of the clubs in the main French competition is analyzed, only the match that will close the round of 16 has more rank, between the champion defender PSG (leader) and Nice (subleader), scheduled for Monday.

Los Focenses were once the greatest winners of Coupe de titles, but their last crown dates back to 1989, and since the lost final in 2007 they have only advanced to the quarterfinals four times.

The other three matches today will feature clubs from the lower categories of French football, with Reims, who will host Bastia, as the only member of Ligue1, since the AS Nacy Lorraine-Amiens and Toulouse-FC Versailles 78 matches will not include top level teams.

Tomorrow Lens and Monaco will meet and Saint-Etienne will visit Bergerac Périgord of the fourth division, with the phase closing on Monday with the aforementioned duel PSG-Nice.

The French Cup round of 16 kicked off last night with Nantes’ 2-0 away win over Stade Brestois.

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