At Stade de l’Aube on Friday, Troyes and Auxerre will play in a Ligue 1 match for the first time since the 2006–07 campaign.
Auxerre, which moved two points over the relegation line this past weekend by defeating Ajaccio is just a point ahead of ESTAC in the standings as they enter this matchup in 12th place.
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Thrylos, who have had a difficult season thus far, will not be participating in the knockout stage of the Europa League for the first time in more than ten years. They had to work hard to advance this far in the competition; to do so, they had to defeat Slovan Bratislava and Apollon on penalties in the qualifying rounds.
They appear to have suffered as a result of all those games, as they exhibited signs of fatigue and disarray during their group stage games. They appear to have lost their momentum after giving up the game-winning goal to Nantes on matchday one, and they now run the risk of losing all of their group games for the first time since the 2017–18 Champions League.
Their performance in Europe has not improved with Michel back in charge; on the contrary, they were held scoreless in his first two group matches and lost an equalizer in stoppage time against Freiburg on matchday five, drawing the Germans.
Olympiacos has suffered defeat in four of their last five encounters with French clubs across all European leagues, with their lone victory against a Ligue 1 foe coming in the 2020–21 Champions League group stage over Marseille.
While the Greeks lost their composure in the closing minutes of their group matches, but Nantes saved themselves just in time, earning six points with a pair of goals in stoppage time.
Nantes must win a game away from home, something they haven’t done yet in this season’s competition, in order to maintain their chances of making it to the knockout stage.
Since the start of the 2022–23 season, Les Canaris have yet to claim an away victory, with each of their away games across all competitions ending with a goal or fewer.
Since the 2001–2002 Champions League, La Maison Jaune has gone winless in seven straight road games in Europe. This season, they have lost on the road twice, to Qarabag and Freiburg.
Antoine Kombouare’s team has struggled to score and defend goals on the road in Europe, keeping just one clean sheet in their past 17 games across all competitions while allowing 32 goals over that span.
They have won the previous three meetings against Greek Super League teams and are unbeaten in their last four games against Greek opponents in European club competitions.
Although they may still have a chance to advance, we believe Nantes will have a difficult time getting past a greek squad that might irritate a team that, like Olympiacos, has struggled in the attacking third.