Besides defending Nantes didn’t really do anything else last round against Rennes (finished 0-0). There wasn’t even the need to defend with all players since opponents had a reduced level of creativity.
Even if they would have tried to attack most probably Nantes wouldn’t have been very successful as lacking offensive power is their biggest problem, especially after striker Djordjevic left a couple of months ago. They do not have a real striker with killer instincts and rely primarily on offensive midfielders for converting chances.
After a couple of hesitant performances defensive players once again regained confidence and it’s really a tough task nowadays to open up Nantes.
Hosts may welcome back midfielders Gomis and Audel but there is nothing certain in this moment.
Caen dominated last round against Metz but failed when it came to apply the finishing touch (finished 0-0). Play-maker Feret was barely visible and was even substituted after 60 minutes.
Caen have serious problems against teams that defend in numbers. Guests’ strategy works best when opponents aren’t very organized and leave just enough spaces that can be exploited on fast counters. From this point of view Caen will have some problems against Nantes as they don’t adventure upfront mostly because they do not have the necessary offensive resources to open up opponents.
Caen will welcome back defender Da Silva after he was suspended last round.
This game has a tremendous potential for being played mostly in midfield with both sides neutralizing each-other and constantly on the lockout for a mistake they can exploit.
UPDATE: Hosts welcome back midfielder Audel after injury
Nantes: Ré.Riou, Dupé – Alhadhur, Is.Cissokho, Djidji, Djilobodji, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Deaux, K.Hansen, N’Koudou, Rongier, Veretout – Niane, Bammou, Gakpé, Is.Bangoura, Audel
Caen: Vercoutre, Perquis – Appiah, A.Yahia, Saad, D.Da Silva, Imorou – Adéoti, Seube, N.Kanté, Féret – Benezet, Lemar, Privat, Bazile, Sala, Koïta, Nangis