Even if the final score doesn’t reflect it (lost 1-0) Valenciennes came under heavy domination last round away at Lille.
Once again they used a 3-5-2 system with focus on agglomerating the midfield, but in the same time left many open spaces at the back. Having a bunch of slow defenders certainly is not in favor of using such a formula.
Upfront only once or twice Valenciennes approached opponents’ penalty area. Overall their performance was very poor and it’s no wonder they are so close to Ligue2.
At home and against a comfortable opponent Valenciennes could be more aggressive, but in the end this may backfire as their defensive potential is very limited.
They will welcome back central midfielder Da Silva after suspension so most likely they will continue to use the unfavorable 3-5-2 system.
Nantes had a good performance last round against Guingamp (won 1-0). They opened the score very early in the game and successfully annihilated the opponent for the rest of the encounter. Overall they were very lively both in defense and offense.
In 2014 Nantes were way softer than in the first part of the season. But last round they were not afraid to take the initiative and be in control even when they were defending.
Good news for Nantes as they will welcome back a couple of important players: keeper Riou, central defender Djilobodji, midfielders Gomis and Bessat.
Rious and Djilobodji will be great additions for the defensive phase and will certainly help Nantes in keeping it tight against desperate Valenciennes.
At the moment Nantes hold the necessary weapons to take advantage of Valenciennes’ critical situation. Nantes +0.25 at 2.23
UPDATE: Bad news for Valenciennes as they will have to do without important striker Waris.
Valenciennes: Novaes, Penneteau – Angoua, Ciss, Kagelmacher, Lala, Masuaku, Medjani, Néry – Da Silva, M.Dossevi, T.Doumbia, Ducourtioux, Enza Yamissi, Melikson – Bahebeck, A.Le Tallec, Nguette, Pujol
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – Alhadhur, Djidji, Dubois, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Veretout, B.Touré, Nicolita, Deaux, Bedoya – Audel, Aristeguieta, I.Bangoura, Gakpé, Shechter, Pancrate