Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Buoyed by a 3-2 win over Olympique Marseille, Nantes take on Nimes on Matchday 17. Les Canaris proved their worth in the triumph over Dimitri Payet and Co, but that did not help them climb to the top half of the standings. It is well known that Nantes produce much better displays at home than on the travels and you should bear in mind that they suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Saint-Etienne in their last away game in the national championship. Nimes, on the other hand, have been in a fine form of late and they head into Saturday’s football game following three consecutive wins (Strasbourg, Amiens and Caen) in the French top flight. Both sides are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the Stade des Costieres clash, therefore, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Anthony Briancon):
Born in Avignon, France on November 28, 1994, Anthony Brianco is a defender who is a product of Nimes youth academy. His main position is centre-back, but the French footballer is used as a defensive midfielder as well. Briancon made his senior debut for Nimes in Ligue 2 on May 16, 2014 against Creteil, coming as a substitute for Pierre Bouby in the 54th minute of the match.
The two teams shared the spoils (1-1) and it is important to note that Anthony Briancon has been playing for les crocodiles ever since. The French defender has a contract with Nimes which should expire on June 30, 2021. Briancon scored his first ever goal for les crocodiles in January 2016 in a thrilling 6-2 victory over Clermont.
The 185-cm-tall defender played an important role in Nimes in the 2017/2018 season, scoring 3 goals in 37 appearances for the club in the process and, no doubt, he helped Bernard Blaquart’s team secure promotion to the French top flight.
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).