Nantes vs Marseille Prediction & Match Preview

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Two clubs looking for their first win will face off on Saturday as Nantes vs Marseille is one of our featured Ligue 1 fixtures. Marseille’s refusal to strengthen their squad, especially in front of goal may already be hurting them. The home team is are going through similar struggles offensively. Nantes vs Marseille has the potential to be a breakout game for two teams who have had a difficult time scoring goals.

Nantes vs Marseille Prediction & Match Preview

Saturday, August 17 – 11:30 EST – Stade de la Beaujoire

André Villas-Boas would have liked to start his managerial career with a win. Unfortunately, Marseille lost at home to Stade Reims. To make matters worse, they failed to score a goal in the match. Perhaps Villas-Boas will opt to start new signing Dario Benedetto from the start of the match. Furthermore, the midfield three of Gustavo, Strootman and Sanson will hope to get dynamic player Dimitri Payet more involved. His presence was not felt during last fixture and this can develop into a major problem for Marseille if it happens to be a regular occurrence. The head to head matchup has been extremely even between these two teams. In the last 13 games between the clubs, each team has won 5 and the remaining 3 have been draws.

Nantes have a surprisingly decent record against Marseille in recent years. They will look to keep this going at home on Saturday. Another loss this early in the season will place new manager Christian Gourcuff in the hot seat. This can be detrimental to the club’s moral this early into the season. They need to focus on winning games. Nantes do not have new signings to rely on in order to freshen up the squad. They must play with what they have and find a way to win games. Marseille star Florian Thauvin may try to make his way into the starting eleven after recovering from injury. If he is fit enough to start then this game will be Marseille’s to lose.