Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Saint-Etienne are running down a blind alley ahead of Sunday’s football game against Nantes. Les Verts have been dropping down the standings week by week and they sit in the bottom half of the table ahead of Matchday 16. Julien Sable’s men have been struggling at the back of late and it has to be emphasized that they conceded 13 goals in total in last four league fixtures. Nantes, on the other hand, proved their worth in a hard-fought 1-0 win over title holders Monaco and they are brimming with confidence at the moment. Les Canaris are eyeing a place in European competitions and seeing that Saint-Etienne do not seem to be on top of their games these days, we predict the visitors will emerge triumphant in the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. You should bear in mind that Nantes are undefeated in previous three meetings with les Verts in the French elite division.
Highlighted Player (Cheikh MBengue):
Born in Toulouse on 23 July, 1988, Cheikh M’Bengue started his youth career at FA Roques. In 1996 Toulouse scouts spotted him and he soon joined the French team. The 182-cm-tall left back made his Toulouse debut on 15 September, 2007 against Marseille, coming from the bench in the second half of the match. A week later he made his first start for les Pitchouns in a 2-0 loss to Saint Etienne. In 2013 he moved to Rennes and after spending three years at the club he joined Saint Etienne on 20 July, 2016 on a free transfer. His contract with les Verts expires on 30 June, 2019. Cheikh M’Bengue was born in Toulouse and as a result, he played for France U21 team in the past. However, seeing that his parents are of Senegalese descent, he decided to represent the Lions of Teranga at senior level. The Saint Etienne defender made his Senegal debut in June 2011.
Highlighted Team (Nantes):
Founded on April 21, 1943 Nantes are 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).