France Ligue 1 – Nantes v St Etienne Preview (21/9/16)

nant-asseNantes preview

  • Struggled since opening day win against Dijon.
  • The point they obtained at Nancy on Saturday (1-1) was their first since the opening day and also the first time they scored since then.
  • Goalscoring still looks like a major problem for Nantes despite a change of manager.
  • Centre back Diego Carlos looks set to be ruled out again. He is the only really significant injury and they have no new problems.

St Etienne preview

  • Unbeaten in four games following opening day loss at Bordeaux.
  • Sainte are generally playing quite well and enjoying their football at the moment.
  • Defensive duo of M’Bengue & Theophile Catherine ruled out. Midfielder Henri Saiviet is another casualty.
  • St Etienne have played a lot of midweek matches this season in Europe, so are well used to rotating their squad around.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • This is likely to be a defensive battle between two teams who have capabilities of being solid.
  • Nantes haven’t been convincing this season and have desperately struggled in the final third.
  • Lack of firepower is starting to make me think Sainte might sneak this 1-0 or something.
  • The hosts are slight favourites on a DNB handicap and the bookies can’t separate either side.
  • Goal line is between 1.75 and 2.0 and this isn't expected to be much of a classic.
  • Overall, I’m happy to leave this one alone and it doesn’t have much betting appeal.

Prediction: 0-1

Recommended bet: None