Preview - Nimes vs Marseille 20 August 18

Started by Harry85, Aug 19, 2018, 04:11 AM

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Match Day 2
Nimes vs Marseille
Monday, August 20th, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade des Costières

Last five matches form: W D W D W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.97
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.97
Top Scorer 17/18: Umut Bozok (24)

Last five matches form: D W D W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.11
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.24
Top Scorer 17/18: Florian Thauvin (22)

Nimes had a dream return to Ligue 1 when coming out on top in a seven-goal thriller away to Angers and head into their first home game back in the big time on a high. Lying in wait through are a talented and in form Marseille outfit who thumped Toulouse 4-0 on the opening day.

Fethi Harek and Pierrick Valdivia join long term absentee Rachid Alioui on the side-lines for Nimes who must also do without the suspended Florian Miguel.

No real injury concerns for Marseille although Steve Mandanda and Adil Rami seem to be being brought back slowly following the summers World Cup. Florian Thauvin seemed fit and well when coming off the bench last week though and last seasons top scorer will be pushing to start.

Beating Angers is one thing but coming up against one of the true elite sides in this league will represent a whole different challenge for Nimes, who must find a way of nullifying Dmitri Payet and Thauvin if they are to have a chance.

Nimes open attacking style of play should make this an entertaining encounter, but may ultimately play into the hands of Marseille given the talent they possess in the forward and attacking midfield positions. This may not be entirely straightforward, but Marseille look to have enough to pull away in the end.

Prediction: Nimes 1 - 3 Marseille


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  11 - 8
Shots on target: 7 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 7
Possession: 43% - 57%

A pretty big shock in Ligue 1 as newcomers Nîmes confidently dispatched last season Europa League finalists, Marseille. They may have been behind in the possession stats, but the home side showed excellent intent when they did have the ball and thoroughly deserved this famous win.

Both sides threatened through set pieces early, with the best of the chances falling to Gustavo of Marseille, who somehow found the foot of the post from point blank range when it looked easier to score. A miss which would prove costly.

The opener came in the 36th minute. Denis Bouanga breaking into the left-hand corner of the eighteen yard box, turning smartly inside before finishing with aplomb into the bottom right corner. Chaos in the stands with the fans doing the Poznan.

Marseille began the second half on the front foot and levelled things up with a lightning fast counter attack. The ball eventually making its way to Florian Thauvin on the edge of the 18-yard box who expertly chipped the advancing keeper.

13 minutes later it was Nîmes turn to strike on the counter. Excellent pace shown by Bouanga to bring the ball away following a Marseille corner, with the ball eventually breaking kindly for Sada Thioub in the area. Good finish from the big man, rounding the keeper to prod home.

Marseille pushed for an equaliser, looking threatening from corners, but the final goal of the game came in the 87th minute, and to the delight of a now delirious home crowd it was Nîmes who grabbed it. Excellent persistence from Renaud Ripart to outmuscle the defenders in the box and finish into the right-hand side.

What a start from Nîmes in Ligue 1! We can't imagine many teams will enjoy travelling here this season.

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