In-spite losing 2-1 Nantes made a decent game last round away at PSG. They opened the score very early (after only 8 minutes) and decided to focus entirely on defending the lead.
It was not exactly the best strategy as PSG’s pressure was intense and Nantes ended up being 2-1 down after 50 minutes. Only then Nantes decided to act and started to create a few actions but never really stood a chance of getting back in the game.
Hosts aren’t doing that good recently and the main reason for that is the lack of a winning mentality. They are happy to let opponents take full control and only concentrate on defending. It is true Nantes have a solid defense but nobody can resist to constant pressure.
So far winger Gakpe has been one of Nantes’ best players but lately coach Der Zakarian prefers to start with American Bedoya instead. Bedoya is in good form and even scored last round but the overall offensive strength is reduced with Gakpe on the bench.
Really impressive game by Bordeaux last round against Lorient (won 3-2). Bordeaux managed to comeback twice after being 1-0 and 2-1 down. Striker Diabate entered the field in minute 60 and scored twice in only 2 minutes, giving Bordeaux a well deserved victory. Every single player seem to have achieved maximum potential and now even the confidence level skyrocketed.
Guests will miss keeper Carrasso who suffered an injury last week.
Both teams are highly organized but form and morale are definitely on Bordeaux’s side. Nantes are surely eager to get back to winning days and they may push harder than usual, leaving more open spaces for opponents like Diabate and Toure who are in top form. Bordeaux +0.25 at 2.03
UPDATE: For nantes zinger Gakpe is out injured but Audel will make a comeback. Bordeaux are without keeper Carrasso and fullback Poundje but welcome back defender Yembere and Contento. Same bet
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – Alhadhur, I.Cissokho, Djilobodji, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Bessat, Deaux, R.Gomis, Hansen, Nkoudou, Veretout – Bammou, I.Bangoura, Audel, Shechter
Nantes: Prior, Jug – Faubert, Mariano, Pallois, L.Sané, Contento, Yambéré – Khazri, Plasil, Sertic, Ab.Traoré – C.Diabaté, Maurice-Belay, Rolan, Saivet, T.Touré, Crivelli