Nantes v PSG: Super Eagles star to battle Neymar & Mbappe

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 13/01/2018

Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem ready to battle traveling PSG trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edison Cavani in Ligue 1 encounter at Stade de la Beaujoire on Sunday with Nantes.

The title favourites and runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG should face a tough test when they visit high-flying Nantes as former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri men will surely provide strong opposition for Unai Emery’s team.

Team News

Ranieri star Prejuce Nakoulma is still a doubt for the hosts after not playing in the cup, attacker Kalifa Coulibaly and midfielder Joris Kayembe look set to miss the game through injury although Ciprian Tatarusanu and Adrien Thomasson should return to the team.

PSG skipper Thiago Motta and Layvin Kurzawa are hoping to shake off injuries for the visitors and midfielder Adrien Rabiot has been out of action since December and is not expected to be available on Sunday, although Edinson Cavani may still not be included following his late return from the winter break.

Head to Head

PSG have won 15 straight fixtures against Nantes since 2007. The last time Nantes taste a victory against the Paris side was back in 2004 when Loïc Amisse was the manager of the club.

PSG have already defeated Claudio Ranieri’s side by 4-0 this season. Ligue 1 top scorer this season, Edinson Cavani scored a brace in that game while Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore also contributed in the score-sheet. Nantes forward, Préjuce Nakoulma scored a consolation goal for the away side.

Nantes & PSG Stats

PSG have won their last 12 games against Nantes in Ligue 1, their longest winning streak against a current top-flight opponent and scored 14 goals in their last five away games at Nantes in Ligue 1, as many as they had in their previous 23.

Nantes have won none of their last seven home games against Paris in Ligue 1 (D2 L5), with their last win against them coming in October 2004 (1-0) and scored 14 goals in their last five away games at Nantes in Ligue 1, as many as they had in their previous 23. 

Probable Line-up, Nantes  (4-4-2), Tatarusanu (GK),

Dubois (RB), Carlos (CB), Awaziem (CB), Lima (LB)

Iloki (RW), Toure (CM), Girotto (CM), Bammou (LW)

Ngom (FW), Sala (FW)

PSG (4-3-3), Areola (GK)

Alves (RB), Marquinhos (CB), Kimpembe (CB), Kurzawa (LB)

Verratti (CM), Rabiot (CM), Pastore (CM)

Mbappe (RF), Cavani (CF), Neymar (LF)

Prediction: Nantes 1-3 PSG