Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Buoyed by a routine 3-0 win over Bordeaux, Nantes will be aiming to escape the relegation zone when they take on Dijon in the penultimate game of the season. Les Canaris look unstoppable in the season finale, and it should come as no surprise they are seen as favourites to win Sunday’s clash. Since defender Jean-Charles Castelletto returns from suspension, Antoine Kombouare should have a full squad to choose from.
Dijon, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom of the standings, and given their three-game losing run in the Ligue 1, anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise. All Celina, Boey, Chala, Lautoa, Assale, and Benzia are out of contention for the hosts, who will compete in the Ligue 2 next season. It has to be noted that Nantes are undefeated in the previous four meetings with Dijon.
Highlighted Player (Bersant Celina):
After starting his youth career at Stromsgodset, Bersant Celina moved to Manchester City youth academy in 2012. Two years later the midfielder, who was born in FR Yugoslavia on September 9, 1996, signed a three-year professional contract with the Citizens, but he made no more than one appearance for the big-spending club in the Premier League.
Bersant Celina came as a substitute for David Silva in a 3-1 home loss to Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on February 6, 2016. Celina played for the likes of Twente and Ipswich Town before joining Swansea City for a fee of £3 million.
Speaking of his international career, the 181-cm tall midfielder played for Norway U15, U16, U17 and U21 teams, but he represents Kosovo senior team on the international stage. Bersant Celina made his debut for Kosovo in September 2014 against Oman. His main position is attacking midfield, but he is used as a winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Nantes):
Founded on April 21, 1943 Nantes is a professional football club that compete in French Ligue 1. Les Canaris are considered one of the most famous French clubs and they had a lot of success during the sixties and the seventies. Nantes won their first Ligue 1 title in the 1964/1965 season and 36 years later (2000/2001) they clinched their eighth (last) domestic trophy.
Speaking of the club’s European success, les Canaris did well to make it to the Champions League semis in 1996, but Italian giants Juventus proved to be a big catch for the French outfit. Nantes welcome their rivals at La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau and the capacity of the stadium is 38.004.
The likes of Vahid Halilhodzic, Adel Selimi, Michel Der Zakarian, Viorel Moldovan, Mario Yepes, Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Claude Makelele, Christian Karembeu and Dimitri Payet are the notable footballers who played for the club in the past. Nantes are well known for their yellow jerseys and that is the reason why they are nicknamed the Canaries (les Canaris).