Daily Tips – No problems for Nantes

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Claudio Ranieri

Nantes remain well in contention for the Ligue 1 European places and can further boost their hopes with a win at bottom club Metz.

Claudio Ranieri has tweaked the blueprint that saw him guide Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016 and after a mixed run of form, they got back on track with a 1-0 win over Troyes last time out.

Metz showed some brief glimpses of recovery during December and January but have now not won in six games and looked pretty forlorn in their 5-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain.

It is hardly likely to be a classic at the Stade Saint-Symphorien but Nantes should have too much for their lowly hosts.

Les Canaris are my bet of the day at 6/5, while I’m also tempted by both that outcome to zero at 9/4, while another 1-0 win is 11/2.

Looking elsewhere and I think 11/10 Southampton are an excellent price to end Wigan’s FA Cup dreams.

Mark Hughes has been installed as the Saints’ new boss and is likely to name a strong side for his first game in charge.

Wigan famously beat Manchester City at the DW to make the quarter-finals but with League One promotion the Latics’ priority, I can see Southampton having too much for them.

I also think Leicester are too good to ignore at 12/5 against Chelsea in Sunday’s other FA Cup quarter-final.

Last year’s beaten finalists in this competition played well in patches during their midweek Champions League defeat to Barcelona but Antonio Conte will inevitably rotate at the King Power.

Leicester have again shown they can match the big boys on their own patch and I have a feeling it could be their year in this competition, so back them to give Conte the Blues.

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