Nimes vs. Rennes – Prediction (Ligue 1 – 02.11.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

This will be the third encounter between Nîmes and Rennes in Ligue 1 in the 21st century. Each have won their home game (4-0 for Rennes in December 2018 and 3-1 for Nîmes in April 2019).

Nîmes come into this game hoping to regain some momentum after going winless in their previous five Ligue 1 (L1) fixtures (D3, L2). Notably though, their 1-1 draw against Amiens in their last L1 home outing put an end to a run of three straight home games which featured only one side scoring. Nîmes’ top L1 scorer, Kévin Denkey, has netted each of his three league strikes after the 75th minute. Grabbing the opening goal could be vital to Nîmes’ chances here, as they have gone on to win ten of the last 12 L1 home games in which they netted the first goal (W10, D2). However, the fact that ‘Les Crocodiles’ have conceded first in six of their 11 L1 matches so far will surely concern coach Bernard Blaquart.

Nîmes have conceded 66.67% of their home league goals in the 15 minutes before half-time. At all venues, each of the last two top-flight H2Hs have featured exactly four match goals. Rennes have scored 66.67% of their away league goals in the opening half hour.

Visiting Rennes are on a four-game winless L1 away run (D2, L2), after scoring under 1.5 goals in three of those games and averaging just 0.75 goals netted per fixture across that period. Rennes’ M’Baye Niang has scored three of his four L1 goals this term before half-time. On a more positive note however, ‘Les Rennais’ possess the third-best away defence this season, conceding just 0.83 goals on average per away game. This is an unsurprising statistic though, considering only 23.91% (22) of the shot attempts (92) conceded by Rennes on the road have landed on target – L1’s second-best rate.

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: FRANCE: Ligue 1.
Kick off: 02.11.2019, 19:00 UTC.
Venue: Stade des Costières (Nîmes).
Referee: Delajod W. (Fra).

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