A look at the table of the French Ligue 1 still shows a crooked picture, because the 20 teams from the French football upper house have played between 22 and 24 games. Due to the many shifts in recent weeks, the current table is a bit to be treated with caution. This week there are once again catch-up games scheduled for Wednesday. The descent crash between SM Caen and Nantes!
Today’s Soccer Predictions Caen vs Nantes
The hosts from Caen are in acute need of relegation and are currently ranked 19th in the table. However, even a point win would be sufficient to make the jump to the relegation place. With a win Caen could even leave the relegation zone. The guests from the port city of Nantes are 15th in the rear midfield of the table and have only five points ahead of the relegation place. With a win at Caen, the canaries could take a big step towards league survival. For the bookies, the duel between Caen and Nantes according to odds is a completely balanced game. Start of the game at the Stade Michel-d’Ornano.
Caen – Statistics & Current Form
For six years Patrice Garande worked for SM Caen and led the club first back in the French football upper house and was able to establish the small club in the highest league. The best result was the seventh place in the season 2015/16. Fabien Mercadal followed in the footsteps. Despite modest success so far, the club continues to give him the confidence. In 23 league games Caen could celebrate only three victories in the current season. These are joined by nine draws and a total of eleven defeats. Despite this clearly negative balance, the goal difference of -12 is quite acceptable. With only 20 goals scored, the Mercadal team scored less than one goal per game on average. Despite the few goals and comparatively low number of goals, in ten of the 23 league games the tip on the over 2.5 was the right decision. Six of these ten “over 2.5” were in the home games of Caen. However, it’s a little surprising that in the game between Caen and Nantes the tip on the over 2.5 high odds of 2.50 brings with it.
One reason for this is certainly the last very weak offensive of the penultimate. Caen has not only lost all four league games in 2019, but scored in the recent three league games no hit. Last weekend, Caen suffered a disappointing 0-1 defeat in the basement duel with Amiens. Amiens had scored only one goal on goalkeeper Brice Samba’s body throughout the match but was successful. Caen could not cheer despite optical advantages. At least positive was the comeback of Captain Prince Oniangue. For the first time since 18 December he was back on the field. This Caen can scoop on Wednesday in the catch-up game against Nantes and has no failures to complain.
Expected formation of Caen:
Samba – Guilbert, Djiku, Mbengue, Graduit – Fajr, Diomande, Oniangue, Khaoui – Crivelli, Ninga
Last matches of Caen:
- 09.02.2019 – Amiens Vs. SM Caen 1: 0 (Ligue 1)
- 05.02.2019 – Bastia Vs. SM Caen 2: 2 (Coupe de France)
- 27.01.2019 – Montpellier Vs. SM Caen 2: 0 (Ligue 1)
- 23.01.2019 – Viry-Chatillon Vs. SM Caen 0: 6 (Coupe de France)
- 20.01.2019 – SM Caen vs. Marseilles 0: 1 (Ligue 1)
Nantes – Statistics & Current Form
The canaries from Nantes could not have counted on top scorer Emiliano Sala anyway. The tragic death of Topstürmers (twelve goals this season) but has far greater mental impact than just a change of club. It is not an easy situation for the players who have to cope with the death of a good friend. No friends has made the club, which acted relatively unpunished and already demanded the first installment of the transfer fee from Cardiff City and has already threatened with legal action.
The very precarious situation in the table is certainly no advantage for the eightfold champion these days. 24 points from 23 games mean for the team of head coach Vahid Halilhodzic currently only the 15th place in the table. The Bosnian, who was an active player at Nantes in the 1980s, currently has an average of 1.42 points after 19 competitive games (balanced 8-3-8 balance). After two top 10 places, Nantes is currently far behind its own expectations.
Another setback suffered the Halilhodzic-Elf last weekend. After a strong first half against promoted Olympique Nimes led the home side 2-0. In memory of Sala Nantes played in black funeral jerseys, all flocked with the number nine by Emiliano Sala. A success in this emotionally memorable match did not succeed despite the comfortable leadership. After an inferior second half a 2-4 defeat was established. Instead of making contact towards the upper half of the table, the catch-up game against Caen is now an absolute basement duel in which the motto is “Forbidden”. With a defeat in Caen vs Nantes would finally arrived in the relegation battle. While Caen still has not collected a counter in 2019, the Nantes balance is only slightly better with only one draw and three defeats. Despite the weak form and the guest role, in the Caen vs Nantes match the odds of a victory for the guests are slightly lower than those for the home win.
Expected formation of Nantes:
Tatarusanu – Fabio, Diego Carlos, Lima, Palloi – Toure, Rongier, Girotto – Limbombe, Waris, Coulibaly
Last matches of Nantes:
- 10.02.2019 – FC Nantes vs. Olympique Nîmes 2: 4 (Ligue 1)
- 05.02.2019 – FC Nantes vs. Toulouse 2: 0 (Coupe de France)
- 02.02.2019 – Sannois-St-Gratien vs. FC Nantes 0: 1 (Coupe de France)
- 30.01.2019 – FC Nantes vs. AS St. Etienne 1: 1 (Ligue 1)
- 20.01.2019 – Angers Vs. FC Nantes 1: 0 (Ligue 1)
Caen vs Nantes Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
Already on Matchday 3 of the current season, Caen and Nantes faced each other in the port city. The guests from Caen took the lead just before the break. In the closing stages, defender Paul Baysse was initially sent off in yellow-red after a foul in the area, before Emiliano Sala, now tragically dead, was able to turn the penalty spot into a 1-1 equalizer from the penalty spot. In the end, it stayed the same – it was also the first draw between Caen and Nantes since the 2008/09 season.
Caen vs. Nantes Soccer Prediction Analyzed
Between SM Caen and Nantes some parallels can be drawn before the catch-up on Wednesday evening. In the Coupe de France, both teams are in the quarter-finals, in the league, however, it just runs in the last few weeks absolutely not as desired. Zero or one point in 2019 in four games is a very meager yield. In this respect, a prediction on the three-way market between Caen and Nantes is very difficult to make.
Key Facts – Caen vs Nantes tips
All four Ligue 1 games in 2019 have Caen lost – last remained the Mercadal-Elf three times without scoring in the league!
For the first time in ten years, Caen and Nantes shared points in the first leg!
Nantes in free fall – a 2: 0 half-time lead against Nimes was a 2-4 home defeat in the second section of the game!
Value can not be recognized by the existing odds on the three-way market. A relegation crash is mostly marked by fight. Nevertheless, we expect many scoring opportunities and have no understanding of the extremely high odds at Caen vs Nantes on the tip to over 2.5 goals. Nantes has an average of over 13 shots per game, Caen also always show a double-digit number of goals in the last four competitive games. A under 2.5 is certainly within the range, but the odds of 2.50 for the over 2.5 are clearly too high. On this tip three units are set and thus between Caen vs Nantes an interesting prediction is given, at least from the point of view.
Prediction Today: Over 2.5 goals