Preview - Montpellier vs Nimes 01 October 18

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Sep 30, 2018, 02:47 AM Last Edit: Sep 30, 2018, 02:59 AM by Harry85
Match Day 8
Montpellier vs Nîmes
Monday, October 1st, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Mosson

Montpellier:   
Last five matches form: D W D W D
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match:0.86
Top Scorer: Damien Le Tallec (2)

Nîmes:
Last five matches form: L L D D D
Average goals per match: 1.86
Average goals against per match: 1.86
Top Scorer: Antonin Bobichon, Renaud Ripart & Sada Thioub (2)

Montpellier have begun the season in solid style with three wins and three draws from their opening seven games, with the only defeat coming in a surprising home loss against Dijon on the opening day. They bid to keep their good run going this week against Ligue 1 new boys, Nîmes.

Nîmes have been a breath of fresh air in Ligue 1 this season, making a mockery of the view held by some that this is a dull division at times. Their seven games to date have seen an average of 3.72 goals, making their goalless draw at home to Guingamp last time out all the more surprising.

Montpellier will be without the injured Keagan Dolly and suspended Hilton for this one. Téj Savanier is suspended for Nimes who also have Fethi Harek and Pierrick Valdivia on the injured list.

Wins have been very hard to come by for Montpellier at home with Michel Der Zakarian's men managing just one victory at the Stade de la Mosson in their past ten Ligue 1 outings.

Nîmes have avoided defeat in three of their four away trips this season, picking up a draw at Bordeaux and Monaco and beating Angers.

Montpellier probably are the better side on paper and have played some good football at times this season. It's unwise to underestimate this Nîmes outfit though and we see this one ending in a draw.



Prediction: Montpellier 2 - 2 Nîmes

Harry85

Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  17 - 8
Shots on target: 10 - 5
Corner Kicks: 4 - 1
Possession: 59% - 41%

Ruben Aguilar and Ambroise Oyongo were booked for the home side in this one with Herve Lybohy, Moustapho Diallo and Anthony Briancon of the away side also having their names taken by referee Ruddy Buquet.

A dominant performance from Montpellier here. Not all sides have been able to cope with the Nîmes threat this season, but Montpellier brushed them aside in the end to post an impressive win.

Montpellier were looking the more likely side from the off  and were beginning to turn the screw when they finally did take the lead in the 28th minute. A wayward header from Moustapha Diallo of Nîmes falling to Ambroise Oyongo in the area to despatch the ball into the back of the net.

The home side doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time. The referee spotting a push in the area following a corner kick from the left-hand side and pointing to the spot, then consulting VAR to confirm his decision. Andy Delort confidently finishing into the bottom right.

The home side had already twice rattled the woodwork prior to putting this game well and truly to bed in the 78th minute. Florent Mollet finding time and space to cross down the right hand side and finding the head of Gaetan Laborde to direct the ball in past the keeper low down to the right.

Montpellier continue their excellent start to the season and now sit in second spot, with only defending champions PSG ahead of them.

Possibly the most disappointing display of the season from Nîmes. The newcomers to Ligue 1 drop down to 14th on the back of this defeat.


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