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Goals on the menu for PSG’s Coupe de la Ligue trip to Nantes

| 03.02.2014

PSG head to the Stade de la Beaujoire as favourites for victory, but given their relative defensive frailty on the road and Nantes’ solid home record, there could be goals at both ends in this Coupe de la Ligue clash.

The Parisiens are 9/20 to beat Les Canaris, with the hosts a distant 11/2 for the win, while Ladbrokes is offering 11/4 on the game ending all square come the end of 90 minutes.

Laurent Blanc’s men are on a run of impressive away form that has seen them lose just two of their last 18, with one of those defeats coming in a dead rubber against Benfica in the Champions League.

But PSG haven’t had things all their own way on the road, with the reigning Ligue 1 champions conceding in each of the last seven they have played away from the Parc des Princes.

Nantes may have gone three games without finding the net themselves but with the prospect of a place in the Coupe de la Ligue final up for grabs and with the home support behind them, the hosts should get on the scoresheet.

Nine wins from their last 15 fixtures at home suggests Les Canaris will be no pushovers, making the evens on both teams scoring one bet to back.

However while Michel Der Zakarian’s team should put up a fight, the wealth of options at the disposal of his opposite number suggests that PSG should still be too strong.

And if the Parisiens are to win away again then they should be backed to do so comfortably, with five of their last six victories on the road coming by a margin of two goals or more.

Backing a PSG victory here with the -1 handicap could prove shrewd, particularly with that selection available at a favourable 7/5.

Much will depend on the team picked by Blanc, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic previously rested for cup duty.

But with that strategy backfiring during their Coupe de France loss to Montpellier, the Swede could be included and is 9/4 open the scoring as he did earlier in the season during a cup visit to Brest.

Failing that 3/1 shot Edinson Cavani could grab the first goal of the game, as he did in PSG’s 2-1 win over St Etienne in the previous round.

Whatever the case, goals look assured, making the 11/5 on over 3.5 total goals another great pick.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.