Monaco to feature big names in French cup

Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri says he will not be tempted to make wholesale changes for Sunday's Coupe de France match at Vannes.

The principality club head to the third-tier outfit looking to bounce back from a damaging home loss to Valenciennes before Christmas which left Ranieri's men three points adrift of Paris Saint-Germain in the race for the French Ligue 1 title.

Monaco have had two weeks to stew on that result and the coach wants to see his first-choice players produce a response in the last-64 cup tie ahead of the resumption of the league campaign in a week's time.

"It is important for the players to get up to pace ahead of the championship restarting," Ranieri told a press conference on Friday.

That means Championnat National side Vannes will face a Monaco team comprising the likes of Radamel Falcao, Eric Abidal, Jeremy Toulalan, Joao Moutinho and Emmanuel Riviere.

While Monaco will be full-strength this weekend, the same cannot be said for Mediterranean rivals Marseille, who meet Reims in one of four all-Ligue 1 ties.

Ten-time champions Marseille will be without goalkeeper Steve Mandanda for Sunday's match, meaning Brice Samba gets the nod to come in for his first competitive start for the club.

Another headline clash from the last 64 sees Nantes take on Nice while the remaining two top-flight showdowns pair Bastia with Evian and Rennes against Valenciennes.

League leaders PSG have a tricky draw away to Ligue 2 Brest while third-placed Lille go to Amiens.

Several of the competition's minnows have the opportunity to face big clubs, with fourth-tier pair Cannes and Raon-l'Etape hosting St Etienne and Bordeaux on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

In other selected ties, seventh-tier Bressuire take on Sochaux on Saturday while Olympique Marcquois, from the eighth level, face four-time winners Auxerre on Sunday.

Lyon travel to La Suze, Guingamp go to Bourg-Peronnas, Toulouse are away at Romorantin, Quimperle welcome Ajaccio and Rodez Aveyron host Montpellier.