Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Following three consecutive league defeats, Nantes will look to give fans some cheer when they take on Le Havre on Sunday afternoon. Les Canaris were flying low before the international break, but they are surely capable of matching the newcomers on home soil. Talented Brazil forward Marquinhos is back from the international duty, while both Douglas Augusto and Fabien Centonze continue to miss out with injuries.
Le Havre, meanwhile, aim to extend their undefeated run to five games. Considering that Les Ciel et Marine produced a fine display in a goalless draw with title-chasing Monaco on Matchday 12, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Bear in mind, though, that both Josue Casimir (midfielder) and Mohamed Bayo (forward) are banned for the match, while Christopher Operi and Oussama Targhalline remain in the treatment room. Under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their last four meetings in all competitions.
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).