Foot Predictions shows the Ligue 1 clash on Saturday between Nantes and Marseille, including hunches, news about the teams and possible lineups.
Nantes and Marseille Both will try to build impressive Ligue 1 victories last time, when they fight at the Stade de la Beaujoire on Saturday afternoon.
Antoine Kombouare started his reign as Nantes coach perfectly, with a 3-1 victory over Angers, while Marseille beat Nice 3-2 in the middle of the week, ending their own sterile period.
Raymond Domenech tried and failed to contain Nantes’ worrying fall in Ligue 1, but it took Kombouare just a few days to take Les Canaris to their first win since 8 November in their first game at the helm.
Before traveling to Angers last Sunday, Nantes had played 16 games without winning in all competitions – 15 in Ligue 1, the longest streak of the genre in the first division – but Les Canaris was relentless at Stade Raymond Kopa as Imran Louza, Moses Simon and Abdoul Kader Bamba all with goals for the day.
The long-awaited triumph helped propel Nantes further away from automatic relegation positions, but with most of its rivals also winning victories over the weekend, 18th-placed Canaris remains a point behind safety due to the recent improvement in Lorient form.
Having managed to make his first trip away from home an unforgettable one, the former Paris Saint-Germain and Dijon Kombouare coach will now have the task of ending the series of 10 games without a victory for his team at home, with his last victory in the Stade de la Beaujoire arriving against Brest on 10 October.
The Canaris faithful will pray that the Angers triumph will be the one that will turn the corner, but the hosts have only managed to keep a lone clean sheet in familiar territory throughout the season, and Marseille seem to have found their boots perfectly in time Nasser Larguet.
The smile on Saif-Eddine KhaouiThe face of ‘said it all when his goal helped Marseille beat Nice 3-2 in the mid-week reorganized game – the Tunisian’s first goals for the club since his transfer to the Orange Velodrome in 2016.
The result could have been completely different if Amine GouiriThe last minute free kick missed Marseille’s crossbar and goalkeeper Steve Mandandabut Les Olympiens, however, managed to interrupt a series of seven unsuccessful league games as Alvaro Gonzalez he also used a goal that night.
Nasser Larguet may have represented a more stoic figure on the sideline, but even he must have been able to force a smile, as his team so changed won one of the two games it has on the teams above them, aged 19 – old Luis Henrique also getting applause for his performance on the left side during a rare start.
That win on Wednesday night lifted Marseille to seventh place in Ligue 1 and is just one point behind Rennes, in fifth place, so a place in Europe is still a big possibility if the victory over Nice is a catalyst for a twist in luck.
Les Olympiens facilitated the 3-1 victory over Nantes when Andre Villas-Boas was in charge, but with both teams finally managing to end a dismal winning streak the last time, fans should expect a much tougher and tougher encounter at the Stade de la Beaujoire.
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Nantes coach Kombouare has no reason to make changes to his team after the winning streak has finally come to an end, but Bamba hopes to have entered the coach’s mind after his goal as a reserve against Angers.
Fabio and Kalifa Coulibaly will remain away from the hosts, but Kombouare hopes the pair will return before the end of the month.
Midfielder Abdoulaye Touré it only lasted 45 minutes against Angers, before Kombouare had seen enough, and the 26-year-old’s spot could be under threat from Batista Mendy on here.
Marseille defender Leonardo Balerdi served suspension for a game after seeing red in the tie with Bordeaux, but Dario Benedetto faces two more games after also receiving his march order last weekend.
However, it is unlikely that Balerdi will force his way back to defense now that Alvaro Gonzalez and Duje Caleta-Car are in shape and well again while Pol Lirola and Olivier Ntcham both are available after losing the game against Nice due to ineligibility.
Arkadiusz Milik he would have been forced to stay out in the win over Nice also due to his arrival status in January, but the Polish striker is still recovering from a thigh injury.
Larguet has some important connections to make after several marginal players have claimed their regular midweek starting positions, but Valentin Rongier and Florian Thauvin must return independently.
Possible initial lineup of Nantes:
Lafont; Corchia, Girotto, Castelletto, Traore; Blas, Touré, Chirivella, Louza; Simon, Kolo Muani
Possible starting lineup for Marseille:
Mandanda; Lirola, Gonzalez, Caleta-Car, Amavi; Kamara, Rongier; Thauvin, Khaoui, Payet; Germain
Probability: Nantes 1-2 Marseille
Nantes and Marseille are still vulnerable in defense, and at least one of the moments of momentum of these teams will suffer an immediate blow, after the delusion of ending their streak without victories the last time. Larguet may choose to make a series of changes despite his team’s midweek triumph, and with key players like Thauvin and Rongier at ease, we can imagine that Marseille will continue their revival with a first away win in the first division in 2021.
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