Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Troyes and Nantes square off against each other at Stade de l’Aube in the Ligue 1 round 28. Troyes aim to build on a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Bordeaux, but they face a difficult task in Saturday’s football match. The relegation strugglers are only one point clear of bottom three, meaning that they are going to leave their hearts on the field. Anyhow, home win should not be considered as les Bleus head into the match with a severely-weakened squad.
Both Youssouf Kone and Giulian Biancone are banned for the match, while the likes of Oualid El Hajjam, Gerson Rodrigues, Renaud Ripart, Hyun-Jun Suk, and Karim Azamoum are out of contention with injuries. Nantes, on the other hand, are eyeing a place in European competitions, and they should take advantage of the home team’s absentees. The likes of Marcus Coco, Jean Kevin Augustin, and Fabio da Silva miss out with injury for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Anthony Limbombe):
A Belgian player of Congolese descent, Anthony Libombe is a versatile forward who is equally able to play as a winger. The talented 22-year-old began his career at Racing Genk in 2010, while he spent the last two years as a member of Dutch side NEC Nijmegen.
During a two-year spell in the Eredivisie, Anthony Limbombe made 65 league appearances for NEC scoring 21 goals during that time. Limbombe has been outstandingly impressive during the 2015-16 season when he scored 7 goals and notched 7 assists in the Eredivisie. Belgium international has long been linked with a move to English side Leeds, who followed him closely in Eredivisie, but Limbombe chose to return to Belgium in the summer of 2016 when he signed a deal with Club Brugge reportedly worth £2 million.
Anthony Limbombe is yet to make his competitive debut for his new side, but the club management has huge expectations from a young forward who could go on to be a huge revelation in the Champions League.
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).