Coupe de France Preview: GS Consolat Marseille v AC Ajaccio
AC Ajaccio will be looking to put their Ligue 2 struggles and recent Coupe de la Ligue disappointment behind them when they travel to Group Sportif Consolat’s Stade de la Martine on Sunday afternoon.
The Corsicans were beaten 3-1 at home by Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the League Cup towards the end of 2014 and are currently 12th in the second tier, just six points above the bottom three, after last season’s relegation from Ligue 1.
Ajaccio’s best-ever Coupe de France run was when they reached the 1965-66 quarterfinal and l’Orsi booked their place in the round of 64 with a 3-2 win away at fellow islanders Borgo FC. Instead of targeting a major cup run, Olivier Pantaloni’s men will be keen to launch a second half of the season assault on an unlikley promotion place.
Consolat, based in Marseille, are currently in the Championnat National’s bottom four and are four points adrift of safety. The southerners beat Le Puy F. 43 Auvergne 3-1 away in the seventh round and then edged past Martigues FC 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw away from home.
Nicolas Usai’s men will be pinning their hopes on journeyman attacker David Gigliotti, remember him? The 29-year-old – formerly of AS Monaco, ESTAC Troyes, AS Saint-Etienne, Le Havre AC, Nimes Olympique and AC Arles-Avignon – comes up against his most recent former club with six goals in all competitions so far this season.
Three of Gigliotti’s six have been scored in the Coupe de France and while his resurrection is not exactly going to plan, he is still Consolat’s top scorer and best hope of winning this clash.
Nicolas Fauvergue’s absence through suspension will be a massive blow for Ajaccio and Pantaloni. The 30-year-old has nine goals and one assist to date, having scored in both domestic cup competitions already this campaign.
Could Gigliotti take advantage and come back to haunt his former side?