Nantes will perform against Bordeaux with a special-new kit in memory of Emiliano Sala. For sure with a new kit in memory of Sala, they need to win.
Nantes in the footsteps of Montpellier
With three wins in their last four Ligue 1 matches, Nantes are making the right moves to remain in the top-four. Strong starts have typically been their trademark, with Nantes managing 16 first-half clean-sheets, including seven in a row. Ten of those 16 were goalless at the break. Expectedly, goals have come at a premium in Nantes’ Ligue 1 fixtures, with 70 percent of their matches (14 of 20) producing under 2.5 total match goals scored/conceded. Furthermore, ten of those mentioned above 14 finished with under 1.5 total combined goals either way. Continuing that theme, nine of Nantes’ ten Ligue 1 wins have come via a single-goal margin, with seven finishing at 1-0.
Bordeaux with a four loses in a row
Bordeaux have lost their last four Ligue 1 matches, and are winless in five away league games, but have been quick starters. The visitors have scored six of 29 Ligue 1 goals (20.69%) within the first ten minutes of play while going on to manage 11 first-half clean sheets. Five of those mentioned above 11 have come in away matches, but Bordeaux have seen both teams end up scoring in seven of their ten Ligue 1 away games. Unlike their hosts, five of Bordeaux’s seven Ligue 1 away games to see a two-goal margin determined a winner. Four of those ended with a 3-1 scoreline either way.
Will not play
From Nantes: Coco – Knee injury, Fabio – Knee injury, Pallois – Groin injury; Questionable: Coulibaly – Thigh injury, Perreira – Groin injury, Wague – Thigh injury.
From Bordeaux questionable: Kamano – Foot injury, Sabaly – Illness.
Players to watch
Jimmy Briand has been Nantes’ first scorer with each of his five Ligue 1 strikes, while Ludovic Blas has been Bordeaux’s last scorer with each of his previous four Ligue 1 goals.
Stat attack: Five of Nantes’ 18 Ligue 1 goals against have been conceded beyond the 80th minute.
Nantes are yet to concede a set-piece league goal, while Bordeaux have scored the second-most such goals (eight).
Beyond the 80th minute in their Ligue 1 away matches, Bordeaux hasn’t scored a goal but have conceded 26.67% of goals against (4/15).