Nantes and Lille will square off in the second gameweek of the 2022/23 Ligue 1 season. Nantes are in poor form after a 4-0 loss in the Trophees de Championes final to PSG and a 0-0 draw in their first league game against Angers. Lille, on the other hand, has won their last two games, including a 4-1 victory over Auxerre on the opening day of the league. Lille are aiming for European qualification this season after finishing 10th in the league last year. After finishing ninth in the 2021/22 season, Nantes hopes to make an outside push for the Europa League.
Nantes vs Lille: Match Details
|Match||FC Nantes vs LOSC Lille|
|Date||13th August 2022|
|Venue||Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau|
Nantes vs Lille: Broadcast Details
Ligue 1 matches are broadcasted in India through Viacom18’s channels, which include JioTV, Colours Infinity and VH1.
Nantes vs Lille: Head-to-Head Stats
In their last 5 meetings, Lille have won four of the mathes, drawing one. The last time Nantes won a match against Lille was in September 2015, when they won 1-0 at the The Decathlon Arena-Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Nantes vs Lille: Players to Watch Out
Lafont has been Nantes’ first-choice goalkeeper since his arrival fron Fiorentina in 2019. He has also been eyed by several top European clubs, and could be on the move this summer away from Nantes.
The French midfielder was previously a part of Tottenham and Watford’s books, and is solid and reliable midfielder on his day, as characterised by his 2019/20 season where he was one of Spurs’ best players when they reached the Champions League final under Jose Mourinho. He is a fantastic addition to Antoine Kombouaré’s squad.
The Canadian striker has been one of Lille’s best players since his arrival from Gent in 2020. He has scored 30 goals in 76 league appearances so far, and is also eyed by multiple clubs across Europe.
Nantes vs Lille: Predicted Line-Ups
Nantes XI: Lafont; Castelletto, Girotto, Pallois; Coco, Sissoko, Chirivella, Merlin; Blas; Guessand, Simon
Lille XI: Jardim; Zedadka, Fonte, Ribeiro, Djalo; Andre, Gomes; David, Cabella, Bamba; Bayo
Nantes vs Lille: Team News
Alban Lafont made six saves for Nantes in their opener to earn his first clean sheet of the season, while Ludovic Blas and Moses Simon will be counted on to score, with Blas scoring 10 times last season and Simon leading the team with eight assists.
Evann Guessand struggled in his debut for La Maison Jaune, as the loanee from Nice barely touched the ball and was replaced by Mostafa Mohamed in the second half against Angers, while Moussa Sissoko made his debut for his new club after leaving Watford over the summer.
Kombouare made one change to his starting 11 against Angers from the team that started their Trophee des Champions match against Les Parisiens, with Jean-Charles Castelletto sitting out, while Quentin Merlin started in midfield and Dennis Appiah slotted in at the back.
Jonathan David got his season off to an excellent start, as the Canadian, who led Lille with 15 goals in 2021-22, picked up a brace and an assist in their first game, while Akim Zedadka scored his first goal for his new club, with Benjamin Andre scoring the winner.
Remy Cabella assisted on both of David’s goals, Jonathan Bamba assisted on their fourth goal, and Bafode Diakite made his Les Dogues debut, replacing Tiago Djalo.
In their previous match, Lille’s Alexsandro Ribeiro started at the back, while Timothy Weah, who had three goals and four assists for them the previous season, was unavailable.
Nantes vs Lille: Match Predictions
Lille have won the last four road games against Nantes, and we believe Les Canaris will struggle to contain an attacking side that looks dynamic in midfield and potent in the final third. We predict a 2-0 win for the away side.
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