Nantes vs PSG by Lucien
Nantes started the new season well, getting two victories and a draw, however after three consecutive defeats, team is now close to the relegation zone and needs to detach themselves from it as soon as possible. Their schedule in previous three matches wasn't that tough, but still the team didn't manage to score a single goal against Bordeaux, Rennes and St Etienne, losing all three matches with identical result 2:0.
Most recently, they suffered defeat away to St Etienne last weekend, as the team looked generally passive but still had some chances, however their hosts were much more efficient, more concrete and simply, always knew what they wanted with the ball to their feet. Therefore, victory taken thanks to goals from Bamba in 26th and Beric in 47th minute was fully deserved for the players of St Etienne. As for Nantes, they now need to search for a positive result even though they are playing against the strongest side in the country, knowing that another defeat would bring their morale even further down. Adryan is now back after serving one match ban, but the hosts can't count at forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (5/0) following his suspension now. Summer signing Wilfried Moimbe will probably make the first start for his new club after recovering from hamstring injury, while forward Emiliano Sala (4/0) remains questionable for this one. Nantes will continue with their usual 4-3-3 formation.
PSG, on the other side, is already looking like the most serious title candidate, even though their results early in the season also weren't as perfect as possible. With five victories and two draws in first seven rounds, they are already at the top of the table having a point more than St Etienne and surely wants to get another three pointer to keep the atmosphere inside the locker room at the highest possible level in front of important Champions League game on Wednesday evening against Shakhtar in Ukraine.
PSg was quite efficient in the previous game played when they welcomed Guingamp on Tuesday evening and celebrate an easy 3:0 victory. Pastore opened the scoreline in 19th minute, while the Parisians lowered down the tempo from that moment on, but still managed to score two more near the end of the game, via Di Maria in 77th and Ibrahimovic six minutes later, while the final result could have been even bigger with Ibrahimovic missing a penalty kick three minutes later, but also with the hosts missing some nice chances in the second half. As said, everything works for PSG for now in a decent way and their target for this game is surely another three pointer. Full backs Serge Aurier and Layvin Kurzawa are both set to start here, while right full back Gregory Van der Wiel (2/0) remains doubtful for this game and will probably be benched. Marco Verratti and Lucas Moura will probably start from the first minute, with 4-3-3 formation, while Ibrahimovic might be given a rest in front of Champions League game.
Everything except an easy victory for PSG would be a surprise here. No matter if they are playing with Ibrahimovic or not, they are simply having too much of quality against a side that is in obvious downtrend, especially when talking about their offensive skills.