Nantes v Bastia
French Ligue 1
Date: Saturday, 1st October
Kick Off: 19:00 BST
Venue: La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau (Nantes).
Nantes find themselves in the relegation zone and even though we are only at the beginning of the Ligue 1 campaign the fans are worried, they have been here before in recent years and then tasted Ligue 2.
The Canaries have won just 1 game all season and are in desperate need of three points. They have scored just 2 goals in their past 5 matches and this is a major concern. In their last match they went down fighting to Marseille where they succumbed to a 2-1 loss.
Bastia are 10th and have lost just 1 game in their past 4 matches they are a club who know their limitations and are trying to find some consistency this season.
This will be their first match away for two games and they certainly prefer to play in front of their home fans.
Nantes vs Bastia: Head to Head Stats
Four from the last five fixtures have ended 0-0; in between those results Bastia recorded a 2-0 victory at Nantes. Nantes has not won this fixture since 2013 where that match also ended 2-0. Only 10% of these games have ended with 3 goals or more. From the last 12 games we have seen this fixture end all square on 7 occasions.
Nantes vs Bastia: Prediction
Nantes coach Rene Girard try as he might has failed to ignite any confidence in the side and they have gone week to week playing mediocre football. What will hurt them is that they played decent against Marseille and still lost.
Bastia come into this game with more confidence- Nantes will try and wrestle the match and we could well see a dour game because of it. The home side are afraid to lose and actually would welcome a point.
Nantes vs Bastia: Betting Tips
Handicap: Bastia to beat Nantes with a +1 goal to start at 17/20 ()
Half time correct score 0-0 at 13/10 (2.30).