Even if Nantes can’t really achieve anything this season for about a month or so their performances are really praiseworthy.
Once again last round they made a decent game away at Toulouse (drew 1-1). Nantes took the lead early and concentrated on preventing opponents from applying pressure afterwards. It worked out for Nantes, more or less, especially considering they had to play in 10 for about 20 minutes.
Gakpe is feeling more and more comfortable playing as a striker (used to be a winger) and most likely he will continue on that position till the end of the season.
In this formula Nantes are more dangerous in the offensive phase as Gakpe’s intuition helps him better understand teammates’ thoughts (mainly because he used to be a winger and participated often at creating actions).
Nantes will welcome back forward Shechter after suspension but will miss central defender Djilobodji who got a red card last round.
As expected St Etienne didn’t had many problems against Montpellier last round (won 2-0). The game had only one direction and in no moment during the 90 minutes there was any doubt where the 3 points will go.
St Etienne’s chances to catch the 3rd place that will take them to Champions League playoffs next season are only mathematical. This is the reason they may not be very determined, especially in this away from home game.
Guests will welcome back midfielder Cohade who was suspended last round.
Neither side will push hard from the start, instead they will concentrate on applying moderate pressure hoping opponents will make unforced mistakes. If by any chance one team will find the net most probably the game will be killed and that will be the final result.
UPDATE: St Etienne will have to do without fullback Tremoulinas.
Nantes: Ré.Riou, Dupé – Alhadhur, I.Cissokho, Djidji, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Bessat, Deaux, R.Gomis, Nicolita, B.Touré, Veretout – Aristeguieta, I.Bangoura, Gakpé, Shechter
St Etienne: Ruffier, J.Moulin – Perrin, Bayal, Brison, K.Zouma, Baysse, F.Pogba – Corgnet, Cohade, Lemoine, Clément, Diomandé – Brandao, Tabanou, Erding, Hamouma, Gradel