Preview - Nîmes vs Lille 16 December 18

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Match Day 17
Nîmes vs. Lille
Sunday, December 16th 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade des Costières

Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.31
Top Scorer: Denis Bouanga (4)

Last five matches form: D L D W D
Average goals per match: 1.47
Average goals against per match: 0.88
Top Scorer: Nicola Pépé (11)

Not too many games on offer in Ligue 1 once again this week as the raft of postponements continues to take a heavy toll on the fixture list. The second placed side in the division are in action once again though as Lille travel to the Stade des Costières to take on tenth placed Nîmes.

This will be the first clash between the sides since a cup game back in 2013. Lille hold the edge historically with four wins to one for Nîmes.

Pierrick Valdivia and Moustapha Diallo are out through injury for the home side. Adama Soumaoro misses out for Lille.

Having gone winless in nine in Ligue 1, newly promoted Nîmes have certainly found their form of late in winning four of their past five to put distance between themselves and the relegation zone. Following an impressive 3-1 win over Marseille here in their opening home game of the season, they then failed to pick up three points in any of their next five. They rediscovered the winning thread when seeing off Amiens 3-0 in their most recent game here though.

Lille are best of the rest in Ligue 1 at present in the race to finish second to PSG. Having only drawn with Reims at home last weekend, they will be keen not to drop any more points here with a number of sides breathing down their necks. They aren't the safest of conveyances on their travels though, winning three but losing four of their eight games on the road so far this term.

Lille have the better squad on paper, but it is Nîmes who arrive at this game in the better from of the two sides and we fancy they can do enough to pick up at least a point in front of their own fans.
Prediction: Nîmes 1 - 1 Lille


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots:  17 - 5
Shots on target: 9 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 2
Possession: 64% - 36%

Teji Savanier, Denis Bouanga and Jordan Ferri were all booked for the home side, with referee Hakim Ben el Salem Hadj also taking the names of Jonathan Bamba, Edgar Ie and Thiago Mendes of Lille. The key incident from a disciplinary standpoint though came in the 16th minute when Jose Fonte of Lille was shown a straight red card.

A strange game this one. Lille were already a goal to the good prior to having a man sent off, but actually managed to build up a three-goal cushion despite being at a numerical disadvantage before withstanding a late comeback from their hosts. Understandably the stats on the night were heavily favoured towards the home side.

Lille struck first in just the fourth minute. A long ball into the area finding Nicolas Pepe beyond the far post to the right-hand side. His low effort was saved by Paul Bernardoni, but only up into the air allowing the lurking Rafael Leao to nod home.

Fonte then received his marching orders seemingly for verbally abusing the linesman. Bizarre. Lille manager Christophe Galtier was so incensed he was also sent to the stands.

Lille doubled their advantage four minutes before the break. Jonathan Bamba firing on goal from just outside the area on the left-hand side. His effort taking a huge deflection and looping up. Bernardoni got a good hand to it but couldn't keep it out and in it dropped. 0-2 at the break.

Lille's third came in the 66th minute. Nicolas Pepe turning on the afterburners when commencing a run around 15 yards outside of his own box, outpacing everyone and firing in to the bottom right corner from the left corner of the eighteen yard box.

Nimes finally got themselves on the scoresheet just two minutes later. Lille getting themselves in trouble when attempting to play the ball out of defence and playing the ball into the path of Rachid Alioui around 25 yards out to the right-hand side. Superb first-time curling finish into the top left corner from Alioui.

The second Nimes goal came a little too late really, arriving in the second minute of stoppage time. Clement Depres meeting a corner from the right-hand side with a thumping header straight down the middle from around six yards. 2-3 final score.

Lille stay second, three points clear of Lyon, but Lyon do still have a game in hand. Nimes are down in tenth.

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