Nantes vs Clermont – Nantes kept their hopes of UEFA Europa League (UEL) progression alive in midweek with an injury-time winner vs Qarabag (W 2-1), but consistent success still eludes them domestically. A similarly late penalty conceded at Nice in the previous round saw two points drown in the Riviera, and provided a reality check after their accomplished 4-1 rout of Brest.
On a brighter note, that Brest result means the Canaries could secure successive handicap-beating home league wins for the first time since March, and that is something they may feel confident about, given their league double over opponents Clermont last term. But there is fear at play too, as a loss could see Nantes occupy the bottom four after 13 rounds.
With three of the teams in that situation a year ago finishing alongside Clermont in the bottom four, and all of them going on to be relegated, the Lancers could profoundly wound Nantes’ morale with an odds-defying win. But much improvement will be needed on their latest showing, which brought a 3-1 humbling against a Brest side in the drop zone.
Nantes vs Clermont – Betting Analysis
That loss rendered Clermont unable to end the month any better than eighth, and led team boss Pascal Gastien to publicly declare that his team took what they deserved. However, Clermont are still four points ahead of the 12-game tally they had last year, and start this round as one of just six teams unbreached beyond the 75th minute in Ligue 1 away action.
Players to watch: Ignatius Ganago netted Nantes’ winner in midweek, and the eventual 2-1 scoreline means his previous five goalscoring games have seen both teams score. As for Clermont, they may look to Komnen Andrić if trailing, with the Serbian rescuing a point against another UEL participant (Monaco) on the Lancers’ preceding road trip.