Nantes survived the trip to Turin with a brave and heroic performance in a 1-1 stalemate against Italian powerhouse Juventus in the last week’s first leg of their UEFA Europa League knockout stage playoffs tie. The French outfit, who are back in European competition for the first time in over a couple of decades, will now have a chance to advance to the last 16 round with a result on Thursday night in front of their fans at Stade de la Beaujoire.
Juventus controlled possession and the happenings on the court seven days ago at Allianz Stadium but a single deadly counter-attack was enough for Nantes to escape with a stalemate on the occasion. Ludovic Blas confirmed his great run of form, bagging his third goal in the last four appearances across competitions, to leave the tie wide open ahead of the return leg on French soil. Let’s take a look at our top betting picks and predictions for this affair.
Nantes vs Juventus Betting Tips
Nantes did not quite translate the European momentum in the domestic league where they suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Lens on Sunday afternoon. Les Canaris are now 13th in the Ligue 1 standings albeit being nine points clear of the danger area. They have done very well in the home fixtures in Europe in Group G, beating both Olympiakos and Qarabag at Stade de la Beaujoire in the autumn of 2022. Can they take the big Juve scalp here?
Juventus, on the other hand, continued their impressive domestic form with a 0-2 victory at Spezia four days ago. Moise Kean and Angel di Maria came up with goals on either side of half time at Stadio Alberto Picco. I Bianconeri are now seventh in the Serie A table following a run of three consecutive clean-sheet wins over Salernitana, Fiorentina, and Spezia.
This is Juve’s only route to the Champions League football next year
Juventus won only one of the last nine games in Europe, conceding as many as 18 goals in the process. They had a very disappointing Champions League campaign in the group with Benfica and PSG. Nevertheless, Massimiliano Allegri has obviously found a way to fix the holes in his team’s back line as I Bianconeri have been much tougher to break down in the recent domestic fixtures. With all due respect to Nantes and their Europa League endeavors, we have to back the visitors who see this competition as the only route to the Champions League football next year after the 15-point deduction by Serie A. Juventus are priced at 19/10 to win HT-FT on Thursday.
Nantes scored just two goals in the last four home games in Ligue 1
Nantes have been anything but prolific in the final third so far in the season. They have scored just two goals in four home outings in Ligue 1 since the start of the year. The fact they managed no more than a single attempt on target in the last week’s first leg in Turin also says enough about their attacking prospects in this matchup. On the other side, Juventus have kept three consecutive clean sheets in the league and they own the second-best defensive record in this term of Serie A with 17 goals allowed in 23 outings. We see merit in backing Juventus to win 2-0 at the 6/1 odds.