FC Nantes 0-1-0, Nimes Olympique 1-0-0
8/30/20 9 am
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FC Nantes is hosting Nimes Olympique at Stade de la Beaujoire in round 2 in French Ligue 1.
Nantes hasn’t lost any of their last 4 games, 3 friendly games in the preseason, and their first match in Ligue 1 against Bordeaux. Nantes was the better team in that match with 57% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 3 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and high 89% of the correct passes. Nantes was dominant in this match, but they weren’t able to create any good chances despite having an extra player on the field since the 20th minute. This match ended in a 0-0 draw. There are no injuries or suspensions in Nantes as of right now. Nantes has escaped the relegation zone last season, and they ended up in 13th place with 37 points, only 28 scored goals, but only 31 conceded goals. Defensively, Nantes was outstanding last season, and if only they had a little bit more offense, Nantes might have been closer to the Europa League. This season hasn’t started any better for Nantes, and they are still struggling with scoring goals. Of course, it’s only the beginning of the season, and they have the time to turn things around and to make the most of this season.
Nimes has lost all three of their preseason games while conceding 4 goals, and not scoring a single goal in those 3 games. Nimes has barely escaped the relegation last season, and that was only because the season was canceled, and the number of relegated teams was reduced to two. In their season opener against Brest at home, Nimes has had 44% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and 74% of the correct passes. Nimes has scored 2 goals in each half, and they have won this game 4-0. With this fantastic win, Nimes is at the top of Ligue 1 standings, and even though it will probably be for only 1 week, I bet it feels nice. Denkey, Meling, Philippoteaux, and Kone have each scored 1 goal in the first game of the season for Nimes. Melling, Philippoteaux, Denkey, and Ferhat all have 1 assist. Depres is the only injured player for Nimes as of right now. I know it’s only 1 game, but this win will give Nimes the confidence they need to continue playing well in Ligue 1. It will be a long and exhausting season for Nimes, and their only goal is to stay out of the relegation zone.
Nantes has played 7 home games in a row without winning. The trends are on Nimes’ side in this matchup, and they are certainly capable of getting another one judging by their season opener. In every game between Nantes and Nimes where Nantes was the home team, we have seen at least 3 goals, and I expect the same here. Nantes is struggling in the attacking end, but Nimes isn’t. I will take a stab at goals here.