Nimes Olympique welcome the visitors Angers in the French Ligue 1 – Round 20. The match will be held on Saturday, January 12th, at the Stade des Costieres (Nimes).
Nimes Olympique lost in 4 consecutive rounds, all the defeats are attributed to their defensive fails. Throughout 4 previous matches, the team allowed yet 12 goals, their defense were weak even in the cup fixtures. The representatives of the Ligue 2 and Ligue 3 have netted 5 goals to Nimes in total. Actually, in this campaign, the ‘Crocodiles’ regularly make serious mistakes, thus, it is not a surprise that they count only 5 official encounters wherein they managed to keep a clean sheet. That said, the hosts’ attack are not that hopeless. They did not succeed to score in the last rounds indeed, but those were away games. At home, however, the team shipped 5 goals in 2 latest clashes. They even scored twice to Lille.
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The visiting Angers’ performance in December was rather good. The team attained 7 points of 18 possible and lost only in their trip to Saint-Etienne. Angers showed their character in that meeting though – they found the net 3 times. The guests do not boast high effectiveness in this run, but they seldom leave the pitch without a goal. Throughout Ligue 1 fixtures, the team failed to score in just 4 encounters of 19. They don’t feature common fails in defense, having allowed 3+ goals in only 3 rounds. Nevertheless, Angers played ‘to nil’ just 5 times.
The last Saturday opponents’ head-to-heads were effective, including their first-term meeting. That match saw the teams’ bright performance, Nimes and Angers made around 40 shots on target at halves, which resulted in 7 goals. The sides are capable of producing over 2.5 goals again. Nimes’ latest defensive play was horrible – they allowed 3 goals even to the Ligue 3 opponent. Angers may make use of the hosts’ problems, especially given that even in their clash with the outclassing Marseille, they played level. Nimes’ open play will lead to the guests’ mistakes in defense as well though. In front of their own fans, the ‘Crocodiles’ netted 7 goals in total to Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain, and Lille. So, 1 or 2 goals can also be netted to Angers tomorrow.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals.