St Etienne – Nantes : Preview & Prediction
Saint Étienne and Nantes meet at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in a match of the 16th round of Ligue 1. The history of direct bouts played at this stadium favors the home team, who in the last 4 matches won 3 and drew 1. the last confrontation in this stage, for the Ligue 1, in 09-04-2017, the game ended in a tie by (1-1). The goals of the match were scored by B. Corgnet (70 ‘) for Saint Étienne and P. Nakoulma (15’) for Nantes. Special attention is needed for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results in their home and away games.
Analysis of Saint Étienne
After 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses, the home team is in the 2nd position and has not won any point. In the last match, they lost with Bordeaux away by (3-0), after in the previous game to have tied at home, in a game against Strasbourg, by (2-2). This is a team that curiously has been stronger outside than at home, because in the last 30 games it registers 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses as a visitor; against 3 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses in his stadium. For the championship, the Saint Étienne won 12 points in 24 chances, after 3 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses in the last 8 games he played in his stadium. In their home league games the most frequent marker in the break was 1-1 (3 out of 8 matches). Defensive solidity has not been his strong point, having conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 games in this competition. In 15 games in this competition, he only managed 1 turn on the scoreboard in the 8 games in which he conceded the first goal.
Saint Étienne started the French championship in fine form, accumulating three victories in the opening rounds but failed to keep up the pace and is now in a difficult phase as they are unbeaten in six rounds, losing four. The last of them took place outside of Bordeaux, in a game where left much to be desired in the offensive and defensive sector, leaving the field thrashed by the opponent. As it was visible in this confrontation, the defense has not managed to help the team to recover, so much that today is among the eight most leaked. As club principal, the club has won only 50% of the points it has played so far, and in this condition has one of the worst defenses. The coach has been frequently changing tactics, but should keep Brazilian Hernani as a reference in the midfield.
Analysis of Nantes
The visiting team is currently in 5th place with 26 points, after 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, lost out to Rennes by (2-1). In the last match, won at home to Monaco by (1-0). This is a stronger team when you play in your stadium, because in the last 30 games you have 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses as a visitor; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. In the last eight away games, Nantes have won 3, 1 draw and 4 defeats, having won 10 points out of 24.
For this competition, you do not win as a visitor for 4 games. In his league games as a visitor the most frequent result in the interval was 0-0 (4 out of 8 matches). Defensive solidity has not been his strong point, having conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 games, but his attack has regularly scored as he has scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 15 games in this competition, only managed 1 turn on the scoreboard in the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Nantes enter the field trying to repeat away from home the great performance that has been before their fans for the French Championship, where they won their last five clashes, while away from their dominions they lost their last three games. In the last round, the team played a very balanced game against Monaco, and reached the winning goal only in the additions of the final stage. The offensive performance in the final rounds reveals that this sector has been the big problem of the team until then, since in four games could not balance the adversary network, and today it is among the seven worst. The club has the worst average passing rate, and the second-worst average ball possession, making it difficult for the creative industry to work. Who is doing good performances with regularity is the right-back Dubois, who must be among the eleven initials for this duel.
St Etienne – Nantes : Betting Tips
Nantes – Win Odds: 3.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70