Half this game was played about a month ago but it was abandoned because of heavy rain. After 40 minutes the score was already 2-2 and the rythm was incredibly fast. Unfortunately a couple of things changed since that game.
Last round was the first time this season when Nice haven’t conceded and only the 2nd game in which they failed to score (0-0 vs Lille). Lille forced Nice to adapt to a new playing style, to embrace a strategy in which offensive skills came only second.
This was a good lesson for Nice who seem to have improved the defensive phase and don’t leave so many open spaces anymore.
Nantes also look different now than they did about a month ago. The most important thing is that they lost a bit of confidence following two consecutive defeats.
They were eliminated from Coupe de la Ligue because of a red card and two penalties, while in Ligue1 against Marseille they made a decent game, but couldn’t find the net and conceded when nobody expected it (lost 1-0 because of a defensive mistake).
Nantes have one of the youngest squads in the tournament and aren’t yet constant in efforts. They have great potential but players get carried away to frequently and forget about their tasks.
With Thomasson and Iloki on the flanks Nantes looked really powerful but coach der Zakarian often rotates offensive players and diminishes the chemistry levels (last round Iloki started on the bench).
Nantes should welcome back defender Djidji after suspension
With Nice a bit more careful in the defensive phase and Nantes low on confidence hosts can keep a second consecutive clean sheet. On the other hand Nice still have the best attack in the tournament and can take advantage of every single mistake opponents make. Nice -0.5 at 2.00
UPDATE: Nice will have to do without defenders Koziello and Le Marchand who are suspended
Nice: Hassen, Cardinale – Baysse, R.Pereira, Bodmer, Genevois, Pied, Boscagli – Seri, Mah.Traoré, Hult, Wallyson, Dada, N.Mendy – Ben Arfa, Benrahma, A.Mendy, Germain, Honorat, P.Puel
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – Cana, Dubois, Moimbé, Djidji, Sabaly, Vizcarrondo – Adryan, Alegue, Deaux, Thomasson, B.Touré – Audel, Bammou, Iloki, Sala, Sigthorsson