Nantes surely must be hungry for action after their game last round got rescheduled. Before last week they were in excellent form, especially from an offensive point of view.
Their game has a good flow, and they can take opponents by surprise through speed and ingenuity. Unfortunately the defensive errors increased and nowadays it’s a real challenge for Nantes to keep a clean sheet.
On paper they have really skilled players doing the defensive phase, but in reality there are many missed interceptions and wrong clearances.
Furthermore Nantes’ fullbacks and defensive midfielders advance frequently without thinking at the consequences.
Monaco struggled last week against Troyes and they were kind of lucky to get all points (won 3-1). Monaco scored the first two goals against the run of play, and from there on it was only a formality for a team full of individual talent.
At Monaco the chemistry level is at minimum, but they do get results only because of individual talent. Their playing style is far from pleasant, but it’s effective and produces positive results.
Defensively they can very solid and compact, and in the attacking phase they can score out of nothing, when opponents least expect it.
Guests will welcome back important midfielders Fabinho and Moutinho after suspension.
Bookmakers seem to favor Nantes, and if the prices keep on moving their way a bet on Monaco could be really valuable, especially given the constant mistakes in Nantes’ defense.
UPDATE: Nantes will miss midfielder Thomasson (suspended) and defender Djidji (injured). Monaco will be without midfielder Dirar (suspended)
Nantes: Nantes : Dupé, Ré.Riou – Cana, Dubois, Lenjani, Moimbé, Sabaly, Vizcarrondo – Adryan, Bedoya, Gillet, R.Gomis, Iloki, B.Touré – Audel, Bammou, Sala, Sigthorsson
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi, Sy – R.Carvalho, Echiejile, Fabinho, Jemerson, Raggi, Alm.Touré, Wallace – Bahlouli, Bakayoko, H.Costa, Lemar, Moutinho, Toulalan – Carrillo, Vagner Love, Mbappé, L.Traoré