Masculins / OL - Nantes

Step back on the turbo

Published on 22 February 2015 at 11:57 AM
OL have drawn their last three matches... Les Canaris haven't won in their last six... It's time to get back to winning ways, to maintain, or even extend, the lead at the top... and to avoid any slips ups...

It would be easy to think that the top three didn't want to upset the order of things. In the last two weeks, they have all drawn, without seeing the likes of ASSE or ASM (with a match in hand) close up behind… Status quo. Will that change in Week 26? PSG played in midweek against Chelsea before entertaining Toulouse FC to the Parc, where they will be without several players. OM will travel to Saint-Etienne on Sunday evening already knowing the results of their two rivals. OM haven't been in top form of late, and take on Les Verts who have picked up just two points from their last five games and are looking to bounce back.

The last two weeks may have been winless, but they didn't really hurt Maxime Gonalons and Co.. Without Alexandre Lacazette for the last three games, they were without their main attacking weapon, as the results attest: three draws, two goals scored. But he should be back to lead the line against Les Canaris.

Nantes are struggling. Their last victory came back in Week 19. Since then, they have drawn three and lost three, scoring just the once! At Christmas they had 30 points and were eight points off the top three. Now they are tenth, on 33 points and sit 16 from third place. While they can still be looking ahead, they will also have one eye on the teams behind if the run continues. They have just the second-worst attack in the land, and have had a few hiccups in defence recently. The coach Michel Der Zakarian has called on his side to show the kind of unity and flight that saw them start the season so well. Apparently all is not well in the Nantes camp and the president Waldemir Kita isn't afraid to speak his mind... Nantes have shown twice this season against OL that they have certain qualities, with Veretout pulling the strings. They showed technique, power, speed and character...

OL have slowed from their amazing pace, drawing three after seven straight wins, but are still leading the way in Ligue 1. They did take on two big teams, all the same, and without its indispensable striker. Normally, he will be back, and it should show in terms of both the results and the quality of play. Barring any last minute niggles, Hubert Fournier, who wasn't happy with the team at Lorient, will have plenty of options, all over the park. It won't be easy, for example to choose the strikers... there are so many!

It's time to step back on the turbo ahead of three risky away matches in a row (MHSC, LOSC, OM). This match is the launch pad, before OL face a real litmus test of their true potential this season as the business approaches...

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