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Annecy vs Toulouse betting tips: Coupe de France semi-final preview, predictions and odds

Match preview

Just 11 clubs from outside the top-flight have reached a Coupe de France Final since 1980, so can Annecy add their name to that list?

Laurent Guyot’s team overcame Diables Noirs, Lyon La Duchère, Villerupt-Thil, ASM Belfort and Paris FC before causing a major shock in the quarter-finals.

They held Olympique Marseille to a 2-2 draw, before prevailing 7-6 in the subsequent shootout at Stade Vélodrome.

As a result, Annecy have reached the semi-finals for the first time in their 96-year history, dreaming of going all the way.

The hosts are currently 15th in Ligue 2, smashed 4-0 by Nîmes Olympique on Saturday, with their most-recent league victory coming way back on 18 February.

So, everything else being equal, Toulouse will be very confident of reaching the final.

Le Téfécé are also on the cusp of their first-ever Coupe de France Final, previously beaten at this stage by PSG in 1985 and Guingamp in 2009.

So far this year, les Violets have overcome Lannion, Ajaccio, Stade Reims and Rodez, scoring 18 goals.

Philippe Montanier’s team aren’t in great form though, beaten 3-1 by Brest on Sunday, meaning they’ve lost five of their last six Ligue 1 fixtures.

This leaves Toulouse 13th, nine points clear of the relegation places.

Will it be a famous night for Annecy at Parc des Sports, or will Toulouse’s quality shine through?

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

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