Preview - Nantes vs Marseille 18 August 19

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Match Day 2
Nantes vs. Marseille
Sunday, August 18th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau

Last five matches form: W D D L L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.26
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.26
Top Scorer (18/19): Kalifa Coulibaly ( 8 )

Last five matches form:  D L W W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.58
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.37
Top Scorer (18/19): Florian Thauvin (16)

It's a battle between two sides looking to bounce back from opening day disappointments at the Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau in Ligue 1 this weekend as Nantes play host to Marseille.

Nantes may have finished seven places below Marseille in the table last season, but they still did the double over their more illustrious rivals, winning this game 3-2 and picking up the points with a 2-1 success at the VĂ©lodrome.

Nantes performed with real credit away to last seasons runners up Lille on opening weekend, matching their opponents on most of the key stats and only going down by a 2-1 score line. As far as opening defeats go, that one has to fall into the encouraging category.

Marseille's season opening defeat at home to Reims was far more disappointing. For a team which has relied heavily on its home form over the last couple of seasons, to go lose a match they were strongly favoured to win leaves them already starting on the back foot.

Seven wins and nine defeats away from home last season was a large contributing factor as to why Marseille failed in their Champion's League objective once again. There was little in that opening day performance against Reims to suggest an improvement would be forthcoming this season, and we can see them coming unstuck against a Nantes outfit who were unlucky to lose last week.

Prediction: Nantes 2 - 1 Marseille


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  12 - 6
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 53% - 47%

Three bookings at the Stade de la Beaujoire, all for the away side, with referee Benoit Bastien taking the names of Morgan Sanson, Boubacar Kamara and Kevin Strootman.

The home side certainly edged this in terms of general play - just shading possession and finishing clear on the shot cunt. They weren't able to find a way through in the end, but the fact that Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda was most people's idea of the man of the match gives a far indication as to how this one went.

For as much as they were second best overall, it was actually Marseille who came closest to winning this, when quite literally handed a golden opportunity on the half hour mark. VAR flagging up a handball by Abdoulaye Toure as a cross came in from the right and the referee pointing to the spot. Dario Benedetto stepping up but blazing his effort high into the stand.

Not much else in the way of clear chances in the opening period as we headed into the break locked at 0-0.

Nantes really began to impose themselves on the game in the second half, with it being backs against the wall stuff from Marseilles at times. Unfortunately for Nantes they ran into a keeper in Mandanda who was in no mood to be beaten - one fingertip stop to deny Samuel Moutoussamy in particular catching the eye.

That was pretty much the pattern of the final third of this game. Nantes creating a succession of chances - although nothing which could really be described as clear cut - and Mandanda making the saves. Marseille for their part offered very little as an attacking force in the second half and are no doubt somewhat relived to have escaped with a point.

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