Stade de Reims vs. Nimes Olimpique – Prediction (Ligue 1 – 26.10.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

Reims’ last goal against Nîmes in Ligue 1 came back in November 1977, in what was their last victory against them (2-1). Since then, Reims are winless in their five games against Nîmes (D2 L3). Nîmes have won only two of their last 12 games in Ligue 1 (D5 L5), a 3-0 victory against Brest in August and a 1-0 win against Toulouse in September. Reims have won 17 points after 10 games in Ligue 1 this season, their highest tally at this stage of the competition since 1976/77 (also 17, considering 3 points for a win), finishing 11th that season.

Reims sit third in Ligue 1 (L1) ahead of this round despite only two teams scoring less than their nine goals so far. They’ve made those goals count though by keeping a clean sheet in all five top-flight victories (W5, D2, L3), and by conceding just four goals (0.4 on average per fixture) – a league-low. Boulaye Dia has scored a second-half goal in three of Reims’ five L1 wins this season. As such, a league-high nine of Reims’ ten L1 fixtures have produced under 2.5 goals, and six under 1.5. At home, they’ve now netted more than one goal in just one of their five league matches (W2, D2, L1), and unsurprisingly, three of those five games were goalless at half-time (HT: W1, D4).

The opener has been scored by the 30th minute in three of Reims’ last four league games. Both teams have scored in five of the last six H2Hs held here. Seven of Nîmes’ last nine L1 defeats have arrived by a one-goal margin.

This looks like a match made in heaven, though not for the neutral, as Nîmes journey here after witnessing five of their last six L1 games finish with under 2.5 goals (W1, D3, L2). Having scored just one away goal before half-time, the visitors are yet to lead at the break on their league travels this season (HT: D2, L3), albeit only one of those games was goalless at half-time. Teenager Kévin Denkey is Nîmes’ L1 top scorer with three goals – all were netted after the 70th minute. With three of Nîmes’ four away league goals being scored after the 75th minute, they may look to nick the points as this game draws on. However just two clean sheets from their last 16 top-flight away fixtures indicates their defence could be their eventual downfall.

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: FRANCE: Ligue 1 – Round 11
Kick off: 26.10.2019, 18:00 UTC.
Venue: Stade Auguste-Delaune (Reims).
Referee: Turpin C. (Fra).

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Pre-match League Table.

FRANCE Ligue 1 - Round 11 Table

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