Coupe de France Preview: Vendée Luçon Football v LB Chateauroux
National Division side Lucon will be eyeing up a Ligue 2 scalp this weekend when they take on struggling Chateauroux. The team close to the Atlantic coast aren’t known for their excitability and they are actually the lowest-scoring team in the whole division. Nevertheless, they have proven difficult to beat, only losing 4 times in 16 games.
Lucon have picked up a whopping five 0-0 draws so far this season and fans at Le Stade Jean de Mouzon have only witnessed a measly 9 goals in 9 games. Probably their most recognised player is central defender Khaled Adenon, a Beninese international who has plenty of Ligue 2 experience with both Bastia and Le Mans. It is highly likely that they will make themselves tough to break down and this could be a real banana skin for the visitors against 3rd tier opposition.
Chateauroux, of course, looked set to be a National side this season as well, but a last-gasp reprieve kept them in Ligue 2 thanks to the Luzenac financial ruling. This has maybe not worked out in the favour of La Berrichonne, however, as they effectively have a squad that was prepared for life in the 3rd tier of French football and then suddenly had to face fixtures one notch higher. As such, many people think they are the worst team in Ligue 2.
Chateauroux currently sit 2nd bottom and just like Lucon, have the worst goalscoring record in their whole division, having scored an appalling 4 goals on the road this year, although this isn’t too much of a surprise: for a number of years they have been a terrible side away from their own artificial pitch. A player worth keeping an eye on is on-loan Rennes defender Cedric Hountondji, but they have very little attacking talent and that rather sums up this match. Don’t expect many goals – it could finish 0-0 after 120 mins and go all the way to penalties.