There are any changes in St Etienne’s form, since their game last week got postponed.
By now you surely know that St Etienne’s biggest problem is the inefficiency in the attacking phase. They have solid players in defense and midfield, but for a couple of seasons already they are struggling to find a valuable striker. They have forwrads Beric and Soderlund, but neither of them is golden boot material.
Midfielders make huge efforts in all games, in the attempt to compensate the lack of a valuable striker.
Hosts will miss defenders Perrin and Malcuit, and forwards Tannane and Soderlund.
Nantes made a good game last week against Angers and deserved to win all points (finished 2-1). They were simply bursting with energy and enthusiasm, and seemed to be in numerical superiority.
They use the classic 4-4-2 system, and central midfielders try their best to provide support for defenders. Although they are still conceding goals, they have some highly skilled players doing the defensive phase.
Forward Nakoulma is in excellent form, after scoring 4 goals in the last 3 rounds. He will be the primary danger for St Etienne.
Nantes will once again miss defender Kwateng.
St Etienne’s midfielders will once again waste their energy trying to convert the chances they create. Nantes is in great form, they are bursting with confidence and they have the necessary resources to continue the good run. NANTES +0.50 at 1.85
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Theophile Catherine, Lacroix, Mbengue, Pogba, Pierre Gabriel – Pajot, Corgnet, Saivet, Veretout, Selnaes, Lemoine, Maiga.- Hamouma, Monnet Paquet, Jorginho, Beric, Nordin.
Nantes: Dupé, Riou – Diego Carlos, Djidji, Dubois, Lima, Moimbé, Vizcarrondo – Gillet, Harit, Iloki, Kacaniklic, Oliveira, Pardo, Rongier, Thomasson, A.Touré – Bammou, Nakoulma, Sala.