Neymar will miss out on tomorrow’s trip to Nantes, given a rest by Thomas Tuchel after his 28th birthday party last night. Marquinhos, Juan Bernat, Thiago Silva & Colin Dagba are all also out of contention, injured.
After the defeat in Rennes, “we spent a difficult night”, admits Christian Gourcuff
Three competitive defeats to top-flight opposition precede Nantes’ toughest home test of the season. All of those losses came by a one-goal margin, with the decisive goal in each clash coming beyond the hour mark. Interestingly, those losses averaged exactly 2.00 goals in the 80th minute or later. Nantes have also lost their previous four competitive home games in succession, as part of a run of seven on home turf to yield a one-goal margin between the sides. Sticking to a theme, all five of those defeats saw Nantes concede their last goal against beyond the hour mark, with the important goal coming inside the final 15 minutes of regular time on three occasions (75%) across the last four of those losses.
Seven winning games away at Nantes
PSG have won their last five Ligue 1 away fixtures. Eighty percent of those wins saw them lead ‘to-nil’ at half-time, while they have also won their previous seven halves of Ligue 1 away football in succession. The visitors have won six of their last seven away league games at Nantes, with four of the previous five wins in that sequence coming after a first-half won to-nil, with 75 percent of those four particular wins yielding a 1-0 HT scoreline.
Will not play
From Nantes: Coco – Knee injury, Fabio – Knee injury, Pallois – Groin injury; Questionable: Appiah – Muscle injury, Coulibaly – Thigh injury, Perreira – Groin injury.
From Paris SG: Neymar – Yellow cards, Dagpa – Knee injury, Marquinhos – Muscle injury; Questionable: Aouchiche – Thigh injury, Bernat – Calf injury, Silva – Groin injury.
Players to watch
Goals between the 76th-90th+ minute from Abdoulaye Touré account for 33.33 percent of Nantes’ match-winning goals scored at home in the league this term.
Brazilian star Neymar netted a goal either side of half-time in PSG’s last Ligue 1 away win, while netting the killer second in this season’s reverse H2H.
Stat attack: Nantes’ win-rate as Ligue 1 home outsiders since the start of 2018/19 is 60 percent.
Five of Nantes’ six Ligue 1 home wins this term have yielded a 1-0 scoreline.