Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Nantes - Lyon

PICK: Lyon AH -0,25 @1,93 PINNACLE 4/10

Match between 18th and 7th placed team in Ligue 1 will be played on Stade de la Beaujoire at 19:00.

Nantes is coming to match after draw with Lille who won yesterday and is on 15th place now, while Nantes lost one place and is on 18th. They are far from good form and there is more and more worries about the team. Supporters are afraid that season 2008/09 will repeat when they relegated to Ligue 2. Don't forget that Nantes was in Champions league in 2001/02 as they won Ligue 1 year before. If we are looking to trophies - Nantes is 3rd best team in France with Lyon, Monaco, PSG all behind them! But this club is far from old glory days. At recent coach is everything about defending and even on matches when they tried to play, they had nice game on they're own half, but as fast as they come on opposite half of the pitch, they are lost, without creativity, without idea, all goals (only 9 in 14 matches) came as result of.. yes unfortunately we could coincidences. Sala best scorer? Probably one of worst attackers in whole league. All of his duels are 70-80% fouls, some of them pretty ugly fouls but on the other hand he is someone who is bringing points to this club. Without him it would be even worse! I hope that they will make some changes in winter, because otherwise hard times are coming again. Facilities of club are great, stadium is beautiful, they have young squad, but they don't have the right coach, who could take maximum of this squad. It's obvious that morale is low, that communication between players is bad (for example "fight" between Bamou and Ari on match against PSG). Adrien Thomasson is suspended, while Rongier is still injured. We can expect Illoki on one of the wings, while position of hot prospect Harit is still in doubt. He was on the bench against Lille, and didn't play against PSG because of suspension, but I really hope that they will keep him in the club - as he is one of players who can make difference.

I really like to watch Lyon's mathces. They are playing good, but they still have PSG complex. They deserved much more in last game against them but what's done is done and now they need to continue. 4th placed Rennes is just 2 points in front of them, so with win they can put things back right. It's harder and harder for them to keep key players while big European clubs are knocking on doors. Specially Tolisso, Laccazete and Fekir are transfer targets of many clubs. Tolisso almost left to Juventus in summer, but 22-year old captain stayed for another season and in match against Nantes that will be his 100th appearance in Ligue 1 for home grown player. Only N'Kolou and Jallet are expected to miss the match. We can expect some rotations but probably not too much. 

Many of you will be surprised about h2h: 42 matches, 26 wins of Nantes, 9 draws and only 7 wins of OL. But as I said, Nantes has great history, but nowadays they are far far from that. I watched many matches of Nantes this season, and they simply didn't impress me. As mentioned, defence defence and defence, also on trainings the biggest emphasis is on defence, and it's not a surprise to see lack of ideas in attacking zone. Lyon on the other hand played well against PSG, before that they won 3 matches in row, and as Ferri said on press conference they need to continue. It's true that it will be tough for Lyon to come throw defence, but again, I can not see Nantes compete with them. They're positioning and movements are too slow, and if they won't be in superior form today, they won't have chances.

FT: 0-6

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