Nantes will look to keep their impressive season going when they host Nice at the Stade de la Beaujoire on Saturday.
After eight games of the new season, Nantes are in third place. They finished 12th last season, and the current form is a massive jump from that. Christian Gourcuff was appointed as the new manager in the summer, and he has had an immediate impact. Nantes have won five of their eight games so far. They have not scored many, but a strong defense has been the key to their success. Nantes have scored eight goals and conceded just five so far.
Nantes’ season did not begin on a positive note. They traveled to face Lille and suffered defeat in the first game of the season. After a draw against Marseille in the second game, Nantes had just one point. Since that draw, they have won five out of their next six games. Amazingly, each win has been earned by a margin of just one goal. They should take plaudits for their defense, but Nantes need to score more goals if they want to sustain this run.
Their last two games have been 1-0 wins. A penalty from Abdoulaye Toure gave them a 1-0 win over Rennes last Wednesday. On Saturday, Nantes visited Lyon, who were just above them in the table. An own goal from Fernando Marcal gave them another 1-0 win. Nantes had only 37% possession in the game, but a resolute defensive performance saw them get the three points.
As for Nice, they are not far behind Nantes. Courtesy of 13 points, they are in sixth place in the table. Nice started the season with two successive wins, but that form has petered out. They have claimed just one win in their last four games. Unlike Nantes, their defense has been porous. Nice have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their league games. Only two sides in the Ligue 1 have conceded more than Nice’s 12 goals.
Nice hosted Lille on Saturday as they looked to get back to winning ways. Kasper Dolberg scored to give them an early lead, but Luiz Araujo equalized for Lyon. The game ended in a draw as Nice failed to take advantage of their superior ball possession. Dolberg has made just four appearances for his new club, but he has scored two times already.
Nice are unbeaten in their last six encounters with Nantes. However, both teams have scored in all those matches. These two sides last met May at the home of Nice. The game ended in a draw as Malang Sarr and Samuel Moutoussamy got the goals.
Nantes vs Nice Betting Tips
The game will be close, as Nantes should maintain their strong defensive record. The total goals should be Under 2.5 in the game. Nantes are the favorites to get a narrow win, as Nice have looked suspect defensively so far.