Nantes deserved at least a draw away at Guingamp last round. Striker Djordjevic surprisingly missed a couple of sitters and for Nantes there’s nobody else to convert.
They made the usual game, tight at the back and fast actions on the wings. Everything worked out great until the ball reached Djordjevic. He is a talented and experienced player and hopefully his performance last week was just an isolated incident.
Nantes will welcome back defensive midfielder Deaux, meaning more stability in the center.
At home Nantes are always more confident and determined. Opening up their defense is a hard task even for world class players, and teams like Monaco, Lille or PSG are living proof of that.
Guests Valenciennes usually are very soft upfront, but now they will look like a Ligue2 side, with offensive players Pujol, N’Guette and Le Tallec missing through injury.
Young Bahebeck will most likely be the sole striker. He is far from being an impressive player and taking in account the little support provided by midfielders Valenciennes may very well play without a striker…
In fact, besides Bahebeck, guests will most probably field just one more pure offensive player, winger Dossevi (good player but poor form).
In the first rounds I admired new coach Jacobs but now he started to exaggerate with weird experiments. He converted fullbacks to wingers and added emphasis on playing on the flanks. But, as expected, possession is quickly lost and defenders always have to be on alert.
Logically thinking it should be almost impossible for Valenciennes without their top 3 offensive choices to harm Nantes. Hopefully hosts’ striker Djordjevic will stop wasting chances and get back to scoring days. Wingers provide him with enough balls so there shouldn’t be any problem in that regard.
At 1.71 the odds on Nantes aren’t that juicy but can still bring in profit.