Nantes positively surprised in their latest Ligue 1 appearance away against favored St Etienne when they performed more creatively with the ball and took a narrow 0:1 victory.
It was a late winner for Nantes in this one, as they scored over Kolo Muani in the 83rd, probably having a certain dose of luck here, as the hosts were significantly more dangerous during the second part.
Nantes is positioned at the 7th spot in the standings, having three points less than European-placed Montpellier.
Offensive players Coco (14/0) and Bukari (9/0) were tested positive recently. Central-back Castelletto (16/1), left-back Traore (12/0), offensive midfielder Simon (18/2), and forward Coulibaly (10/1) are away on international duty.
Shakhtar positively surprised in their last clash in Europe on the road to France when they proved the bookies wrong and recorded a close 0:1 victory against much favored Monaco.
Overly looking, they were a more aggressive squad during the first part and took the lead over Pedrinho in the 19th, but the situation has changed in the second when they were severely pushed back by the hosts, but luckily, kept their sheet clean for the rest of the encounter.
sive midfielder Pedrinho (6/2) might not be ready for all ninety minutes, with midfielder Solomon (6/1) probably being doubtful, similar to another midfielder Sudakov (5/1). Central-back Bondar and forward Junior Moraes are sidelined for some time already.
Monaco did just enough in their last Ligue 1 clash on the road against Reims when they took an important 0:1 victory.
Overly looking, they kept their guard up during the whole clash, not taking any unnecessary risks, but never the less appeared slightly sharper at the finishing and scored the only one in this clash over Matazo back in the 20th minute.
Monaco is currently at 3rd spot in the general standings, having only two points less than direct ticket Champions League-placed PSG.
The home team will miss suspended forward Geubbels (14/1), plus defender Matsima (9/0) and midfielder Matazo (9/1). Offensive Diop (32/7) is doubtful for the moment, with forward Jovetic (29/6) also being unlikely to play.
Strasbourg appeared quite well in the last round against much favored Lille when they come with a 1:1 draw, proving the bookies wrong.
They took the lead first in the 36th minute after being slightly sharper at the finishing, but as the match moved to the second, the home side improved their performance and leveled up the score in the 86th, luckily for the guests, missing several decent opportunities prior.
Strasbourg is at 15th spot in the standings, having five points more than play-out positioned Nimes.
Montpellier continues to be effective, but they are seemingly lacking that one thing that makes a difference between a victory and a loss. Currently, they are in five matches with winless momentum, last time at home against Nantes when they were held to a 1:1 draw.
They started the match in the best way possible, taking an early lead in the 6th minute over Oyongo, and successfully kept it up until the 51st when they conceded an equalizer. Even though they appeared slightly better, lack of creativity at the finishing cost them all three in this encounter.
Montpellier is at 8th place on the table, still being in a position to step into the European race, as they are only five points in deficit compared to fifth-placed Rennes.
Monaco finally ended their three matches losing streak last time out against Dijon on the road, as they recorded a close 0:1 victory.
The visitors appeared sharper at the finishing, successfully taking the lead in the 15th minute over Volland, and even though they created several nice chances as the match progressed towards the end, a mixture of misfortune and well-modded goalkeeper of the hosts prevented them from recording a more convincing win.
Monaco is at 7th place in the rankings, having a great opportunity in the upcoming clash to get more seriously involved in the European race.