Nantes will look to get back into the top 4 when they host Angers at the La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau in the Ligue 1 on Saturday night.
Nantes Match Form
Les Canaris are enjoying a fine season, sitting pretty in 5th place. They have picked up 29 points from 18 games and are just a point behind Rennes in 4th while Lille is another point further.
Considering Christian Gourcuff’s men finished 12th last season, this is a brilliant upturn in fortunes. While Stade Reims is positioned 2 points behind with Bordeaux another point away, Nantes would want to only progress upwards.
While they did lose to Strasbourg in the Coupe de la Ligue midweek, a home game against Angers provides them with the perfect opportunity to bounce back.
Angers Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Angers are stuck once again in mid-table, after finishing 13th last season. Le SCO are placed 10th in the Ligue 1 table, with 25 points from 18 games. They are level on points with 3 other teams, namely Lyon, Monaco and St. Etienne.
Every result could see them rise or fall in the table with 6th-placed Stade Reims and 14th-placed Strasbourg separated by just 3 points. Stephanie Moulin’s men will look to turn their campaign around and pick up another result, especially after drawing with Monaco last weekend.
In terms of team news, the home side will miss Kader Bamba due to suspension while Fabio da Silva and Marcus Coco are definitely ruled out. Finally, Andrei Girotto and Rene Krhin are doubts for the game.
Coming to their opposition, Angers have a host of injuries. Moulin will be without the services of Mathias Pereira Lage, Casimir Ninga, Ibrahim Cisse and Wilfried Kanga Aka for this trip. However, Farid El Malali is back in training for the visitors.
Angers vs Nantes Betting Tips & H2H
Looking at head-to-head, the duo met 24 times so far, with Nantes winning 10 to Angers’ 8. Les Canaris won 2 of the last 5 meetings while Le SCO won the most recent one 1-0.
Neither team has scored more than once in 4 of the clashes, and the trend can be expected to continue. Nantes have scored just 4 goals in their last 5 matches across all competitions while Angers have scored just 3.
Thus, neither team is prolific in front of goal. However, the home side did win 3 of their last 4 games in the league while their visitors have won none of their last 5.
Therefore, Nantes can be expected to continue their upward trajectory with a 1-0 win in this one.
Nantes Predicted XI
Lafont; Appiah, Girotto, Pallois, Traore; Toure, Louza; Benavente, Blas, Simon; Coulibaly
Angers Predicted XI
Butelle; Manceau, Traore, Thomas, Ait-Nouri; Santamaria; Thioub, Fulgini, Mangani, Capelle; Alioui