Our football match prediction:
Nantes have not been scoring goals for fun of late, but they recorded three wins in previous four league fixtures and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their fifth consecutive clean sheet in the national championship. Les Canaris have been impressive at the back in recent weeks and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Sunday’s football game against Strasbourg. The newcomers aim to escape the relegation zone, but seeing that Nantes seem to be on top of their game at the moment, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade de la Meinau this weekend. A close encounter appears on the cards and we would not be surprised if the two sides play out a goalless draw on day seven of the new Ligue 1 campaign. In their last meeting in the French elite division Nantes recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Strasbourg.
Highlighted Player (Pablo Martinez):
After spending ten years in French lower leagues, Pablo Martinez joined Angers in the summer of 2016. Martinez played only nine games in the French top flight for Angers and at the end of the 2016/2017 season he moved to Strasbourg. Speaking of his early life, the French footballer, who was born in Martigues on February 21, 1989, is a product of Nimes Olympique football academy and you should know that he played for the likes of RCD Mallorca B, Uzes Pont du Gard, Martigues, Uzes Pont du Gard, Gazelec Ajaccio at senior level. Pablo Martinez made his full professional debut with Gazelec Ajaccio in a 2-1 win over Valenciennes. His main position is left-back, but he is used as a centre-back as well. Pablo Martinez has a dual citizenship and he is eligible to represent both France and Spain at senior level. His preffered foot is left and his contract with Strasbourg expires on June 30, 2019.
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).