France Ligue 2 – Nimes v Clermont Preview (4/11/16)


Nimes preview

  • Les Crocos are unbeaten in eight games and their poor start to the season has been long forgotten.
  • Perhaps surprisingly, all of Nimes' victories have come away from home this season. They are known for being very strong here at Le Stade Costieres but for some reason they've struggled here this year.
  • Their last two contests here have both ended 0-0 and a poor standard of pitch might be to blame. The standard of the surface has really bad at the moment which probably doesn't suit Nimes' attacking players who are good technically.
  • Centre back Fethi Harek is ruled out injured but everyone else is available.

Clermont preview

  • A tight 1-0 win against Amiens last weekend was their first in seven games and helped ease them towards mid table.
  • Clermont are a pretty inconsistent side who blow hot or cold. They can get streaky though and I get the feeling that this might be a time when they start to fire again
  • Veteren midfielder Eugene Ekobo is injured along with striker Ludovic Ajorque. All of their other regular starters are pretty much available.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • I feel that both sides have a natural attacking style but this doesn't necessarily mean goals will be scored here.
  • Nimes home games have ended under recently, possibly due to the pitch but also possibly due to sides frustrating the hosts.
  • Clermont aren't a special defensive side but can sometimes keep it tight. It'll be interesting what sort of tactics Corinne Diacre employs she is hard to predict.
  • I don't see any real value here. Nimes and over 2.5 prices are too short and I'm not interested. I think a 1-1 draw, possibly 2-2 if the match opens up.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None