FC Nantes vs. AS Nancy-Lorraine / League Cup – These two teams are in the lower part of the table and if this was a championship match, it would be a derby of the bottom of the table. Nantes is in the relegation zone on the 18th place, while Nancy is a little better, but with only two points more, and of course they are very vulnerable. However, what is interesting is that both teams recently played quite well and Nantes has made four wins, two in the championship, and one in the Cup and in the League Cup. Nancy has a longer series of five games without defeat, provided that they played two draws with three wins. They met this season already in the championship and then Nancy was the host in a match that finished with 1-1. Begins: 10.01.2017. – 18:30 CET
Nantes is recently playing very well and this particular refers to December and the beginning of the month in which they made four wins. It is quite clear when the turnaround happened, because after a series of seven games without a win in the championship, coach Girard was dismissed and the team was taken over by Portuguese Sergio Conceicao. Since he became their coach, Nantes started playing better and recorded mentioned four wins, which means they still have maximum effect. This is a classic example of how a team can be shaken by the dismissal of coach and now the only question is whether a short winter break throw them out of her rhythm.
They have made one triumph after the break, because they celebrated a few days ago won the Cup, with the proviso that their rival is a team was from a lower rank and Nantes celebrated with a lot of problems with 2-1. They were so far eliminated in the League Cup by two Premier League clubs, Angers and Montpellier, with the proviso that they played at home on both occasions, and it is particularly interesting that they achieved two rounds ago the victory against the same rivals, while they defeated Angers away. They are entering the rest of the season stronger for the Icelandic striker Sigthorsson who returned from loan from Galatasaray. Due to the suspension midfielder Toure will not be able to play in this match, so he will be replaced by Rongier.
Probable lineups FC Nantes: Dupe – Dubois, Djidji, Diego Carlos, Lima – Gillet, Rongier, Iloki, Harit – Sala, Stepinski
Nancy had a disastrous start of the season, however, they have not changed their coach and they have confidence in Pablo Correa which was a good move considering that they were the last on the table in the first ten rounds with only one victory, so this is even a good situation. It is interesting that they achieved this victory at home and so far their only championship triumph was away from home, while they in the League Cup achieved a victory away against St.Etienne with 1-0 and thus qualified for the quarter-finals. Before that they defeated Caen in their stadium with 4-2.
They are in the series of five games without defeat and this series started with a home win over Angers, while after the mentioned triumph over St.Etienne, they played a draw with the same team in the championship, and with the team of Toulouse. At the beginning of this year, they celebrated in the Cup over Besancon with safe 3-0 away. The biggest problem for this team may be because the fact that they sold their captain Lenglen to Sevilla and now will be a lot weaker in the last line. Midfielder Pedretti has experienced problems with injury, so he will probably be absent in this match.
Probable lineups AS Nancy-Lorraine: Chernik – Cetout, Cabaco, Digne, Muratori – Diarra, Marchetti – Dia, Ait Bennasser, Puyo – Mandanne
FC Nantes vs. AS Nancy-Lorraine PICK
Both teams are improving their form and they are recently playing well. They are certainly thinking about the championship, but since they already reached this stage of the League Cup, then want to continue, and we will give priority to Nantes because of home field advantage, which is obviously very important for both teams, but aslo due to the fact that Nancy sold their best center-back.
Pick: Nantes wins
Odds: 2.25 at bet365 (down to 2.10 can be played)