Epinal vs Saint Etienne
The final match of the French Cup quarter-finals will present a match between Epinal who plays host at Saint Etienne, where the match is held at the Stade Marcel-Picot (Tomblaine). Saint Etienne has ambitions to follow 3 other teams namely Lyon, Paris Saint Germain and Rennes who have already confirmed a place in the semi-finals.
While the Epinal camp also has the ambition to make history by advancing to the semi-finals, as a team that plays at the amateur level, of course, stepping up to the Big 8 is a separate achievement for Epinal. Even pulling Epinal in the previous round succeeded in getting rid of Lille, even though Lille himself was seeded in the match but Epinal surprise forced one of the favorite teams to admit a 2-1 defeat.
Seeing what was experienced by Lille became a red signal to Saint Etienne so as not to underestimate the host team just like that, because it is not impossible that surprises will happen again. On the other hand it is interesting also both the host and their visitors have both performed poorly lately, Saint Etienne has lost consecutive losses in the last 3 games helpless against FC Metz, Olympique de Marseille and also Marseille ..
Coach C. Puel has a huge burden and also pressure from the officials and fans because only the results of winning and qualifying for the semi-final can be a remedy for disappointment to C. Puel. The hosts also lost their last 2 matches against Bobigny and also drew 1-1 against Reims II. In terms of quality and experience Saint Etienne is much better and this is the main consideration, most likely Saint Etienne will win.
Our Prediction: 2