Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After cruising past Pau FC (4-1) in the Coupe de France last 64, Nantes will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they take on Clermont in the Ligue 1 round 18. Les Canaris are on a three-game losing run in the national championship, but Sunday’s clash could be the turning point for Waldemar Kita’s troops. All Castelletto, Moutoussamy, Mohamed, and Simon are on international duty, while Bastien Meupiyou and Ignatius Ganago both miss out with injuries.
Les Lanciers, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom of the table with only 11 points on their account. The rock-bottom experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Rennes and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Nantes’ party at Stade de la Beaujoire. All Jeremie Bela, Alidu Seidu, and Mory Diaw are at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, while defender Maximiliano Caufriez misses out through suspension.
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).