Angers vs Nantes
French Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 20th January 2018
Kick off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Stade Raymond Kopa (Angers).
This match is known sometimes as the Loire rivalry as the two teams are quite close to one another in terms of distance and so there will be bragging rights and points to be had when they both clash on Sunday afternoon.
Angers lost 2-1 against Bordeaux in midweek and that was the clubs first loss in their last five games. Although it should be noted that their 4 game unbeaten streak was all achieved by four draws. In the reality, the club have struggled this season and are in 15th place and just three points above the relegation zone.
Nantes are just three points in front of Angers and will want to stretch that lead when the teams meet. Nantes lost to Nimes in their last game and have now lost two in a row. Indeed their victory over Montpellier is their only win in the last 4 games and the team are in poor form.
Away from home Nantes have the 3rd worst record in Ligue 1 where from a possible 30 points they have picked up just 8. They come into this game having lost their last 3 in a row on the road.
Angers vs Nantes: Head to Head
Earlier this season in the reverse fixture the teams drew 1-1.
Nantes have won the last 2 games played at Angers.
Angers have not beaten Nantes when at home since 2013.
There is a 70% chance to see under 2.5 goals.
Angers vs Nantes: Prediction
This should be a very close game as we have two teams who have the same qualities and suffer from a lack of confidence.
As the game progresses, we should see some sparks fly as they passion increases as this is a derby.
We will back to see a sending off in the game as pressure mounts and we believe we could see more goals in the 2nd half of play.
Another decent alternate is to back the correct half time score, and we expect this game to get off to a slow cagey start.
Angers vs Nantes: Bet Tips
Half Time: A draw at 1.91 (10/11)
Highest Scoring Half: 2nd half at 1.91 (10/11)
Sending off (red card) in game at 3.25 (9/4).