Two sides with different season targets, Brest and Nantes will face each other on Sunday for their Ligue 1 Round 31 clash. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets and props for the top soccer leagues in the world.
Brest: Happy with their position
Last season, Brest managed to avoid relegation by one point, finishing 17th in the standings, one point above their Sunday opponents Nantes. Returning to the club where he spent four years in charge between 2017 and 2021, ex-Montpellier head coach Michel Der Zakarian was left with the same spine of players so his main objective for this season is to avoid the drop.
With eight rounds to go till the end of the season, Brest sits 12th in the standings, 11 points above the danger zone. Following the 2-1 away win against Montpellier, Brest will approach the end of the season in safe mode and enjoy every match they will play.
Barring injured goalkeeper Sebastien Cibois and right-back Ronael Pierre-Gabriel, Der Zakarian is working with a full squad and will try to make it two in a row in the domestic league. They began the season terribly, failing to win their first 11 games. However, a six-game winning streak sent them up to tenth in early December. Since then, though, Brest’s form has tailed off, and they have lost their last two games, returning to winning ways last weekend. That’s why they are not exactly the team to back so we won’t include them in our Soccer picks and parlays.
Nantes: Going for the Conference League
The visitors are sitting eighth in the standings with 45 points earned in 30 games, just two points behind the top six. They suffered a slight dip in form after losing their two league fixtures without scoring before beating relegation-threatened Clermont 3-2 on the road.
They ended March with back-to-back 1-0 defeats against Troyes and Lille, the latter of whom finished the final 30 minutes with 10 men. Nevertheless, the Canaries remain in the mix to qualify for Europe next season. Antoine Kombouare will be keen to see his side rectify their recent away form as they have won just one of their last four games on the road, a run that includes two defeats.
For the visitors, Marcus Coco and Sebastien Corchia are both ruled out with ankle injuries, while Nicolas Pallois and Charles Traore are sidelined with knee problems. The absence of the first two will likely see Nantes have a 3-5-2 formation, with Osman Bukari and Quentin Merlin operating as wing-backs.
If you’re betting online, you should know that Nantes is the stronger team and should have enough to return home with the three points, maintaining the pressure on the European spots.
Brest vs Nantes Head-to-Head
Nantes has the upper hand on Brest if we are talking about their mutual encounters. They managed to win each of their last five head-to-heads across all competitions, scoring at least twice in each game and covering the spread in all of them. The two teams played twice this season with Nantes winning the reverse fixture 3-1 on home soil and knocking out Brest from the Coupe de France by beating them 2-0, on home soil. We’ve seen at least three goals on the scoreboard in eight of the last 10 competitive contests between the two sides.
Brest vs Nantes Game Information
- Game: Brest (10-8-12) vs Nantes (13-6-11)
- Location: Stade Francis-Le Ble (Brest)
- Day/Time: Sunday, April 10th, 9:00 a.m. ET
- Brest vs Nantes Live stream: fubo.tv
Brest vs Nantes Betting Lines
|Brest||pk -130||+155||2½ +115o||1½ +160o
|Nantes||pk Ev||+190||2½ -145u||1½ +190o
Brest vs Nantes Predictions
Despite sitting four places and seven points above Brest, the visitors enter this clash as underdogs, being priced at +190 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest Soccer odds while the goal line is set at 2½.
Given their European aspiration but also their impressive head-to-head record against Brest, we are backing Nantes to return home with at least one point. Why just one point? Because we will play it safe and go with a PK so, in case of a draw, we will take our stake back. The visitors suffered a minor setback at the end of March but we trust them to mount a strong challenge against Brest.
On top of that, we know that the two teams produce goals when they face each other, and seeing the over 2½ goals in the match priced at +115 makes us throw a small stake on the overs.