Paris Saint-Germain have Sochaux ahead of them this Tuesday, February 6, in a match in the last 16 of the French Cup. With kick-off scheduled for 18:05 (Brasília time), the game will be held at the Auguste Bonal stadium in Montbéliard.
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.
Sochaux’s recent performance
The Sochaux are in the Second Division of the French Championship. On Friday, February 2, at home, he passed by Ajaccio. He struck out 4-1 to set up an unbeaten run of five games (four wins and a draw).
He is in a position to fight for access to Ligue 1. With 40 points (12 wins, four draws and eight losses), he is seventh. The first two places of the Second Division guarantee a direct vacancy. Whoever gets between the third and fifth places has the chance to play a repechage that allows to continue in the fight for place in the First Division. This block is closed by Lorient, which has only one point more than the Sochaux.
This hard battle could influence when German coach Peter Zeidler set the Sochaux squad to face Paris Saint-Germain. As the chances of success against such a powerful opponent are very small, he may choose to preserve some of his players in the duel on Friday 9 February against Reims, the Ligue 2 leader, away from home.
Sochaux made their debut in the French Cup by beating Villefrance 2-1 away. In the second leg they needed a penalty shootout to knock out St. Louis Neuweg after a 1-1 draw in regulation time and a draw (0 to 0).
The first quiet victory came in the third round. At home, they thrashed Amiens, who are in the First Division, by 6 to 0. The classification for the eighth of end was obtained with the 2 to 1 marked, as visitor, before the Colomiers.
The current form of PSG
The PSG opened its participation in the Glass of France already in the third phase and with thrashing. As a visitor, he got 6-1 in Rennes. Then, in his dominions, he dispatched the Guingamp scoring 4 to 2.
Coach Unai Emery, although he has promoted the cast relay, does not use this strategy with intensity in the cups. After all, the team has the possibility to finish the year with four titles. In addition to advancing to the last 16 of the French Cup, the team secured the right to decide the French Cup.
In addition, it will resume in February the dispute of that tournament that is considered the absolute priority in the club. It will face Real Madrid, current double champion of the tournament, in the fight for a place in the quarterfinals. The first game is scheduled for the Spanish capital on February 14.
In Ligue 1, the title is well under way. On Saturday, February 3, they defeated Lille at the rival’s home 3-0. He thus achieved 62 points (20 wins, two draws and two losses). They are 11 more than Olympique de Marseille, who are in second place. With 14 days remaining, winning the title is no longer a question of whether it will happen, but rather when it will be achieved.
For Tuesday’s game, Emery will most likely not be able to count on two of his midfielders. German Julien Draxler (19 matches in the French Championship 2017/2018, two goals) and Adrien Rabiot (21 games, one goal) are handed over to the medical department.
History of the bouts between Sochaux and PSG
The teams have not faced each other since 2014 when they were 1 to 1 in play for Ligue 1. Sochaux ended up being relegated to the Second Division that season and did not return to the French football elite.
Unai Emery’s strategy of not taking risks by placing too many reserves in the cup matches has had an effect and makes PSG widely considered a favorite in the match against Sochaux. It has a price of 1,083 on Bet365. Tie has a prize of 11.00 and success of the principals multiplies the investment by 21.00. Prices in effect at 13:21 on 2/5/2018.