Evian’s defeat away at Monaco last round was hard to swallow (lost 2-0). Monaco opened the score in the first minute after a penalty and although Evian had most of the possession and more shots on target they couldn’t find a way back in the game.
The improvement in Evian’s game is undeniable and with the exception of central midfielder Sorlin everyone has increased playing appetite and will soon achieve maxim potential. Sorlin should have been an important player mostly for the defensive phase but he is very careless as of late and appears to have problems in staying focused. There is a high possibility for Kone to start instead of Sorlin this round and increase the defensive potential.
Against Monaco fullbacks Sabaly and Abdallah were more active than ever and created huge problems for opponents. Play-maker Wass was once very energetic, moved from one side to the other, delivered some impressive passes, but forward Sougou lacked efficiency and missed a couple of good opportunities.
Even if they haven’t scored, only the fact that Evian at one point managed to corner Monaco on their own turf is an achievement in itself.
Nantes were outplayed by Reims last round on home ground (finished 1-1). Nantes opened the score very early in the game and focused fully on defending afterwards.
Although they look decent especially in the defensive phase, Nantes lack the winning mentality and most likely this will prevent them from finishing in the upper half of the table. Nantes are happy to give up initiative and concentrate solely on defending. But upfront they lack the means to speculate on counters and it’s only a matter of time until opponents find the net.
Lately Evian have been very aggressive and determined, especially on home ground. Nantes’ soft attitude will definitely make hosts’ task easier. Evian -0.25 at 2.26
UPDATE: Nantes will again miss Audel, Bedoya and Nkoudou.
Evian: Hansen, B.Leroy – Juelsgaard, Jon.Mensah, Cambon, Mongongu, Sabaly, Abdallah – Sorlin, D.Koné, Tejeda, Wass, Camus, Ninkovic, Barbosa – Sougou, Thomasson, Bénézet, Bruno
Nantes: Re.Riou, Dupé – I.Cissokho, Alhadhur, Djilobodji, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Hansen, R.Gomis, Deaux, Bessat, Rongier, Veretout – Gakpe, Shechter, Iloki, Bammou, Bangoura