The penultimate round of fixtures in Group G of the Europa League take place on Thursday. It will be a big fixture for Nantes, as they will need a home win to stay in contention. Meanwhile, the visitors could ensure their passage through to the next round with a point.
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There will be a big night of Europa League action in France on Thursday, as Nantes will be looking for just a second victory in the competition to remain in the hunt for a place in the next round. Nantes has lost their previous three games in the competition, and have conceded a group-high of ten goals to this point. They have also scored on just two occasions in the fixture that they have played.
Nantes have given themselves a mountain to climb after a run of three straight defeats in the competition. The latest of those was a humbling 4-0 loss at home against Freiburg. The French side managed just three shots on target in that fixture, and were on the back foot after going 1-0 down after 25 minutes.
This is a golden opportunity for Qarabag on Thursday, as they could ensure their passage through to the next round of the competition with just a point. However, they will need a victory and results to go their way to stay in the hunt for a place at he top of the Group G standings.
Following defeat on matchday one, Qarabag has been in excellent form in the Europa League, as they have won twice and drawn once. Their first draw in the competition came in their previous fixture, as they were held by Olympiacos. That was a pretty uneventful game between the two sides, as they played out a 0-0 draw. Qarabag failed to register a single shot on target in the stalemate.
Nantes vs Qarabag Head to Head
Qarabag won the previous meeting between the sides 3-0. That was the first time that the two sides had ever clashed in European competition, and it was the first time that the French side had played against a team from Azerbaijan. However, Qarabag has been beaten on three of their previous four visits to France.
Nantes vs Qarabag Prediction
This is a pivotal game for both teams on Thursday, and that could lead to a very cagey fixture. We struggle to see more than 2.5 goals being scored, and could see a 1-0 win for Nantes being the most likely outcome.
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