St Etienne are the guests at Stade de la Beaujoire on Sunday for the Ligue 1 game with hosts Nantes.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Nantes v St Etienne, scroll down - as well as the best betting odds.
Nantes won’t want a repeat of their last result here after the 2-1 Ligue 1 defeat last time out to Monaco.
In that match, Nantes had 43% possession and 7 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The scorer for Nantes was Ludovic Blas (61'). At the other end, AS Monaco FC got 18 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Sofiane Diop (5') and Willem Geubbels (65') scored for Monaco.
It has not been often in recent times where Nantes have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that Les Canaris have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 7 goals during that time.
St Etienne will come into the game following on from a 0-2 Ligue 1 win to beat Marseille in their most recent match.
In that game, St Etienne managed 42% possession and 12 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. For St Etienne, the goals were scored by Romain Hamouma (6') and Denis Bouanga (75'). At the other end, Marseille had 13 shots on goal with 2 on target.
A sequence of steadfast displays from the St Etienne defenders has seen their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 3 from their previous 6 clashes overall. In that period, their forwards have scored 9. Regardless, we must now wait to see if such a trend shall be sustained in this next game.
Ahead of this clash, St Etienne haven't been defeated by FC Nantes when they have played them away from home in the previous 4 matches in the league. A very good run of results for them.
Head to head
Inspecting their most recent head to head clashes going back to 03/12/2017 shows us that Nantes have won 1 of these games and St Etienne 3, with the tally of drawn results standing at 2.
A combined total of 17 goals were produced between them in this period, with 6 of them for Les Canaris and 11 netted by Les Verts. That is an average goals per game value of 2.83.
The last league meeting featuring these clubs was Ligue 1 match day 20 on 12/01/2020 when it ended St Etienne 0-2 Nantes.
On that occasion, St Etienne managed 59% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target.
Nantes had 11 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Mehdi Abeid (23') and Ludovic Blas (48') scored.
The match was refereed by Benoît Bastien.
Team News: Nantes
Nantes boss Christian Gourcuff will be thankful to have no fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this clash thanks to a fully healthy squad to choose from.
In our view, Les Canaris should line up in a 4-2-3-1 system for the game, beginning the first half with Alban Lafont, Charles Traore, Andrei Girotto, Nicolas Pallois, Dennis Appiah, Pedro Chirivella, Abdoulaye Touré, Moses Simon, Ludovic Blas, Kader Bamba and Randal Kolo Muani.
Team News: St Etienne
With a completely injury-free squad available to select from, St Etienne boss Claude Puel has no fitness worries whatsoever before this match.
We’re of the thinking that Les Verts seem most likely to begin the game with a 4-4-2 system, going with Jessy Moulin, Alpha Sissoko, Wesley Fofana, Timothée Kolodziejczak, Yvann Maçon, Denis Bouanga, Mahdi Camara, Yvan Neyou Noupa, Adil Aouchiche, Romain Hamouma and Zaydou Youssouf.
We’re inclined to think that St Etienne certainly have the ability to breach the defence of this Nantes side, but that probably shouldn’t be enough to avoid defeat.
Our selection here is for a very close game with a 2-1 victory for Nantes at full-time. Should be a good one.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade de la Beaujoire (35,322)
Captain: Abdoulaye Touré
Chairman: Waldemar Kita
Manager: Christian Gourcuff
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 11