Match date: 18 Jan 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: France Football
| Stake: 9/10
| Pick: 1
| Match result:
1-0 - Won
Nantes are welcoming Caen in 20th round of French Ligue 1, they must win this match since only two points separates them from relegation zone. hosts are currently at 14th spot at the table, at same position they ended last campaign. it's interesting that in every of last five duels of these two sides visitors celebrated. Nantes now must win, earning of three points here are must to secure their spot above red zone. Inj previous round of Liogue 1 they managed to defeat Toulouse away from home with narrow result, although opponents managed to create more chances and had larger ball possession in the end one goal scored in first half was enough for all three points. With that victory they managed to get back on winning tracks since before that were defeated in League Cup quarter finals and their streak of four consecutive victories was interrupted. Here are favorites, they must exploit advantage of home field and achieve victory, it won't be easy at all especially since guests are coming here after boosting morale victory over Lyon.
Hosts must improve their offensive skills, so far scored only 13 goals in 19 rounds, least in league while defense wasn't great also. So far 22 points earned are enough for safe zone but they must show improving to retain their current spot, simple must keep winning and collecting points, they aren't side which are fighting for Europe and i believe that can keep their Ligue 1 status for the next season. Last time they met with guests in May in last campaign and were defeated at this ground but Caen then was in much better shape and here i believe that Nantes can be the winning side.
Goalkeeper Remy Riou (18/0) and forward Kolbeinn Sigthorrson (2/0) will both stay out of action for this match due to injuries.
For Caen last campaign was much better, they ended up at seventh spot at the table then and were very close to a qualifications for Europa league, now are at 15th spot with only one point less than hosts and one point more than relegation placed Angers. However in previous round at home they managed to achieve great victory over Lyon in real cracker, in first half until 35th minute Caen already had two goals lead however until the end of first 45 minutes they failed to save their net and Lyon managed to equalize, in second half despite opponents created more chances Santini scored a great header and his second goal in game which brought his team all three points, before that in French Cup celebrated without bigger issues over lower ranked side and won progress into 1/16 finals.
Caen must improve their performances on travelings, they are still without victory in league away from home and it will be hard to overcome decent hosts in this match. In last two duels with hosts at this stadium they achieved two victories, both with one goal margin but at this moment I'm not so sure that can repeat that outcome. Visitors can;t be satisfied with their results so far and must show much more to reach safer spots in order to avoid dropping under the red line.
Defender Mouhamadou Dabo (2/0) and offensive midfielder JeffLouis (0/0) are both injured and won't be available for this game, central defender Syam Ben Youssef (6/0) will miss this game due to international duty while appearance of midfielder Valentin Voisin (0/0) is still in doubt due to his injury issues.
Nantes are marked as favorites for this game and should be able to win, none of these two sides didn't showed some great attacking skills, simple it won't be easy to earn points here but hosts seems closer to a victory, they had some series of good results recently while guests were pretty bad on travelings, none of the teams can't afford defeat and i will place my bet on victory of Nantes.