Last week Nantes made their usual game and let opponents impose the rhythm. The strategy paid off, more or less, and Nantes won an important point (1-1 against Bordeaux).
Coach Ranieri did a great job so far. It is extremely difficult to get inside Nantes’ penalty box, and although they aren’t exactly scoring too many goals, most of the time a single goal is enough for Nantes to take all points (so far they won 4 games with 1-0).
Although the competition in Ligue1 is really rough, this could be one of the best seasons for Nantes in recent history.
Guingamp imposed the rhythm last week against Rennes, and easily won all points (finished 2-0). The performance was pretty good, but it must be said that Guingamp played in numerical superiority for about half an hour.
It seems that coach’s Kombouare’s decision is final, and from now on we will see key forward Briand on the wing. He is very experienced and should be able to adapt, but there’s no doubt he feels more comfortable in the center.
Guingamp is a typical home team and they usually don’t make any extra efforts in away games (so far they won 10 points at home and only 1 point away).
Hosts will be without forward Coulibaly. Guingamp will miss fullback Pereira, winger Salibur and forward Thruam.
It won’t be an easy game (Nantes’ games are never easy), but if hosts will make their usual game they can easily get another 1-0 victory. Nantes -0.5 at 2.20
Nantes: Tatarusanu, Olliero, Dupé – Diego Carlos, Pallois, Djidji, Lima, Awaziem, Dubois – Iloki, El Ghanassy, Thomasson, Touré, Girotto, Khrin, Rongier, Gandi – Sala, Bammou, Nakoulma
Guingamp: Johnsson, Petric – Sorbon, Kerbrat, Eboa Eboa, Tabanou, Ikobo – Phiri, Mo.Diallo, E.Didot, Blas, Deaux, Ahlinvi – Briand, Benezet, R.Camara, Achahbar, Coco