Nantes scored very early last round against Nice, but immediately withdrew in defense and were punished because of this attitude. They were still dangerous on counters, but it wasn’t enough to win any points (Nice won 2-1).
Nantes are usually more compact in the defense. Midfielders also participate frequently in the defensive phase, and it’s difficult for opponents to find open spaces.
Lately Nantes transformed into a typical home team, and won 5 out of the last 6 home games.
Angers imposed the rhythm last week against Montpellier, but opponents were the ones who created the most dangerous scoring opportunities. In the end the 1-1 draw was a fair result.
Last round coach Moulin changed formation, from 4-5-1 to 4-3-3. Angers were clearly more aggressive in the attacking phase, but also looked way more vulnerable in defense. The same 4-3-3 system was used in the midweek Cup game against Metz (Angers won 1-0).
Nantes continue to miss striker Nakoulma.
It is not clear if coach Moulin will continue with the 4-3-3 formula in away games as well. But anyway, Nantes seem to be more creative in midfield, and it should make the difference in the end. Nantes -0.5 at 2.11
Nantes : Dupé, Olliero, Tatarusanu – Diego Carlos, Pallois, Djidji, Lima, Awaziem, Dubois – Iloki, Thomasson, Kacaniklic, El Ghanassy, Moutoussamy, Ab.Touré, Girotto, Krhin, Rongier – Sala, Bammou, Ngom
Angers : Letellier, Mandrea – Andreu, Ab.Bamba, Ciss, Manceau, Pavlovic, R.Thomas, Is.Traoré – Capelle, L.Coulibaly, Fulgini, Ketkephomphone, Mangani, Puyo, Tait, Tahrat – Crivelli, Guillaume, Toko Ekambi, Sunu