Nantes v Strasbourg – Stade de la Beaujoire at 20:05 GMT+1 live at BT Sport
Ligue 1 comes to a close on Friday night with the majority of major stories already complete. The battle to avoid relegation remains of interest but there’s plenty of reason to believe the contest between Nantes and Strasbourg could capture the imagination of neutrals with plenty of goals forecast.
Nantes extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (W5-D2-L0) last weekend as they held Montpellier to a 1-1 draw, ending their hosts’ chances of European qualification in the process. Kalifa Coulibaly had given Les Canaris a lead before a deflected late free-kick levelled proceedings.
Head coach Vahid Halilhodzic remained upbeat post-match, saying “It was a fair result. We played well, especially in the first half. We sat back after that but Montpellier did not create many chances. The goalkeeper hardly had a save to make. Montpellier’s goal came from a slightly fortunate free-kick. We have made good progress and it is a shame that the season is finishing now.”
It’s been a painful campaign for Nantes with Emiliano Sala’s death sending shockwaves around the club. The news clearly effected Les Canaris on and off the field and sent the side spiralling towards the bottom-three following a series of emotionally-draining encounters that often went against Halilhodzic’s troops.
Goals on the agenda
However, the side has recovered wonderfully well and beaten the likes of PSG, Lyon and Marseille in their recent unbeaten run. At their atmospheric Stade de la Beaujoire base, Nantes remain a match for any and Halilhodzic’s forward-thinking approach often leads to exciting contests and goal-heavy games.
Les Canaris have W9-D4-L5 here this season, scoring at least three goals on six occasions and notching twice or more 10 times. Eleven of those outings produced Over 2.5 Goals profit and the same number also boasted Both Teams To Score pay-outs, highlighting their penchant for open, entertaining matches.
With Strasbourg arriving on Friday night, there’s every chance the campaign concluder could produce another thriller with Over 2.5 Goals appealing at 1.72 quotes. Twelve of the visitors’ 18 away days have seen both sides score, whilst 10 tussles have also produced three goals or more.
Strasbourg to cap off a successful season
Strasbourg boss Thierry Laurey rued his team’s finishing in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Rennes. The Coupe de la Ligue winners were wasteful in front of goal and hit by a sucker-punch on the counter-attack, although the Alsace club are unlikely to deviate away from their attack-minded approach here.
Laurey admitted, “I thought I was watching a repeat of our match against Dijon, with lots of shots, goal-line clearances, shots against the post. In the first half the only chance they had was a shot from 20 metres that went in the top corner.” The Strasbourg supremo is adamant a repeat performance will pay dividends in future and with both sides committed to attack, goals should flow in Pays de la Loire.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.730
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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