Although they seemed quite determined Nantes conceded twice very early in the game last round away at Reims. A red card followed and history was written (Reims won 3-1).
Nantes’ defenders are recently very slow and often caught on the wrong foot. As a result fouling opponents is the only solution for preventing them getting inside the penalty box. But this strategy is not exactly healthy as it has dramatic consequences. Nantes will have no less than 4 players suspended this round: key midfielder Veretout, defensive midfielder Deaux, key central defender Djilobodji and fullback Alhadhur.
The good news is (if you can call it that…) that Nantes found the net again. That makes it 2 consecutive rounds in which Nantes have managed to score after 4 weeks in which they could barely approach opponents’ penalty box. Unfortunately for them this is no real improvement of the offensive phase and they still have the 2nd poorest attack in the tournament.
Evian’s good run ended last round in front of Monaco after a one sided encounter (Monaco fully deserved to win 3-1). Coach Dupraz gave another chance to midfielder Wass who was once a key player. Recently Wass has been mostly a bench warmer as coach Dupraz accuses him of not caring anymore and thinking only at transferring-out. Wass played only 1 half and had a disappointing performance. Most likely we won’t see him in the lineup from now on.
Evian’s defenders couldn’t keep up with the fast paced actions created by Monaco but most probably they won’t have to worry about such things this round against Nantes…
Evian are in luck as striker Duhamel is specialized on striking on counters (transferred-in from Caen…) and Nantes’ improvised defense will definitely have some huge headaches. Evian +0.5 at 1.904
UPDATE: Nantes have called defenders Dubois and Walongwa from the youth squad to fill in the gaps. Evian will once again miss Sabaly, Sunu and Sorlin
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – I.Cissokho, Djidji, Dubois, Vizcarrondo, Walongwa – Hansen, R.Gomis, Bessat, Bedoya, Rongier, Iloki – Bammou, Is.Bangoura, Gakpé, Nkoudou, Niane
Evian: B.Leroy, Hansen – Abdallah, Nounkeu, Cambon, Mongongu, Mensah – Juelsgaard, D.Koné, Tejeda, Barbosa, Thomasson, Wass, Fall – Sougou, Nsikulu, Duhamel, Ramirez, Blandi