The Ligue 1 tie at Stade de la Beaujoire on Sunday sees home side Nantes playing against opponents Brest.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Nantes v Brest can be found here (including the best match odds).
Nantes will be hoping to bounce back here after the 2-1 Ligue 1 defeat in their last game at the hands of Nice.
In that game, Nantes managed 27% possession and 11 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. The only player to score for Nantes was Imran Louza (45'). On the other side, OGC Nice had 18 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. Dante (27') and Khéphren Thuram (62') scored for Nice.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games that Nantes haven’t conceded. The facts show that Les Canaris have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 9 goals on the way. That sort of trend won’t necessarily be sustained into this match, of course.
Looking at their past form shows that Nantes:
haven’t beaten Brest in their last 2 league games.
are unbeaten in their previous 2 home league matches.
Brest will go into this match following on from a 1-0 Ligue 1 win with the defeat of Monaco in their most recent outing.
In that match, Brest managed 28% possession and 7 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Brest was Romain Faivre (8'). AS Monaco FC had 21 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
Illustrating their fondness for action-packed encounters, we’ve had goals 22 times in the last six games in which Brest have played, yielding an average of 3.67 goals each clash. Opposing teams have managed 12 of this grand total.
Team News: Nantes
Nantes manager Christian Gourcuff will be thankful to have no fitness concerns whatsoever before this game thanks to a fully injury-free group available to choose from.
Team News: Brest
In an otherwise available group, there is just the one fitness issue for the Brest boss Olivier Dall’Oglio to be concerned about. Denys Bain (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be in action.
We believe that Brest will need to push hard to get anything against this Nantes side who we think should emerge victorious.
Therefore, we predict a good tussle with a 1-0 advantage for Nantes when the full-time whistle blows.
Hoping for a good game.
What are the top odds for this match?
In terms of the bookies’ odds in the 90 minute result market, victory for Nantes can be had for 2.175, going for the draw is 3.52 and taking a punt on victory for Brest can get you 3.4. Those are the most competitive bets being offered at present.