Nantes welcome high-flying Marseille to the Stade de la Beaujoire on Friday night (20.00) in Ligue 1 action.
Nantes have had a disappointing start to the new season, losing two of their opening three matches, while Marseille have started their domestic campaign strongly after being dumped out of Europe by Panathinaikos, winning two and drawing one of their three matches.
Nantes will be without injured pair Fabien Centonze and Nathan Zeze for the foreseeable future, while goalkeeper Alban Lafont remains sidelined with a broken rib.
As for the visitors, they look set to be without Pedro Ruiz and Geoffrey Kondogbia, while former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to start in attack once more.
Marseille to win and both teams to score @ 23/10
Both teams have found the net in five of the last seven meetings between the two sides, so I think backing Marseille to win and both teams to score is the way to go here, considering the visitors are in better form than their opponents.
The hosts are winless in 17 of their last 18 league outings, and are one of the four teams in Ligue 1 this season to have conceded seven goals in three games.
However, Nantes have netted in two of their three games this season and can get on the scoresheet again here, although I think they may fall short when it comes to securing a result, given Marseille’s quality.
Over 2.5 goals @ 8/11
As mentioned, Nantes have conceded seven goals in their three league games this season and they have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five games going back to pre-season.
Marseille have scored two goals in each of their last three games, so I think there will be plenty of goals on show on Friday evening.