The duel between Bourg-Peronnas and Olympique de Marseille opens on Tuesday, February 6, the schedule of the last 16 of the French Cup. The match will be held at the Marcel-Verchere stadium in Bourg-en-Bresse. The beginning is scheduled for 15:30 (Brasília time).
The rules of the tournament establish a single game definition. Thus, only those who survive survive. Draw causes a 30 minute extension and if equality persists, the definition of the quarterfinals will be made in a penalty shootout.
The recent performance of Bourg-Peronnas
Bourg-Peronnas is in Ligue 2, the second division of the French Championship. On Friday, February 2, at home, he was defeated by Clermont 2-0. With 20 points (six wins, two draws and 16 losses) he occupies the eighteenth position, the first in the relegation zone.
With the loss in the twenty-fourth round, the difference in comparison to Nancy, seventeenth placed and first out of the sticking region, rose to five points. There are still 14 rounds left for the team to try to reverse the situation.
Faced with this campaign, the performance of the club in the French Cup is considered as surprising, although the team has not had great rivals in its path. He made his debut in the third round and as a visitor, was in the 0-0 draw with Fabregues. He advanced with a 2-1 win over the overtime.
In the fourth phase, it had the most impactful result. At home, they defeated Toulouse, who are in Ligue 1, by 2 to 0. The rival, however, has not had a great season and continues fighting against relegation in the elite division of French football.
The current form of Olympique de Marseille
The Oympique de Marseille makes a far superior campaign. Also came on the pitch on Friday and thrashed Metz by 6 to 3 in play by the twenty-fourth round of the French Championship. He thus assumed the isolated vice-leadership. He has 51 points (15 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses).
In a tournament that has PSG shot ahead with 11 points, the runner-up is the big goal to be achieved. After all, it guarantees a direct place in the group stage of the next edition of the Champions League of Europe.
With their success in Marseille, Olympique extended their unbeaten run to eight games. There were six wins and two draws. The team still did not lose in 2018.
In the French Cup, also made its debut in the third stage. It did not start as expected. Acting at home and against little Valenciennes, he did not go past the goalless draw at regular time. He needed the extension to impose his favoritism and win by 1 to 0.
The second match was not exciting, either. With a mixed team and away from home, he did just enough to beat Epinal by scoring 2-0. Involved in a fierce fight for second place in the French Championship, coach Rudi Garcia is likely to opt for the same strategy on Tuesday putting a mixed team on the field.
To follow this line you will have the possibility of having practically all your cast available. The only two exceptions are defender Jordan Amavi (15 games in the French Championship 2017/2018, no goal) and midfielder Gregory Sertic (four games, no goal). They are delivered to the medical department and still depend on a new evaluation to see if they can act.
History of matches between Bourg-Peronnas and Olympique de Marseille
The Marseille team got the better of the two times the teams met. In the 2011/2012 season of the French Cup, at home, scored 3 to 1. In 2015/2016, by the League Cup of France, as a visitor, made it 3-2.
With a quality but low-scoring roster, Olympique de Marseille have had problems in the cups when they need to give the players a break. This opens the window for a risky guess in Tuesday’s duel. But despite this, in front of a visitor struggling not to fall into the Third Division, the choice for visitors is still the best for the game. It has a price of 1.33 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 5.25 and success of the owners of the house multiplies the investment by 8.00. Quotations in effect at 12h on 5/2/2018.