Foot Predictions shows the Ligue 1 clash on Wednesday between Nimes and Lorient, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Two of the last three teams in the Ligue 1 table face each other in Wednesday’s 19th game. Nimes 18th place welcome Lorient to the Stade des Costieres.
This game was originally supposed to be played in January, but an outbreak of coronavirus in the Merlus field forced the six-point relegation to be postponed.
The Nimes revolution under Pascal Plancque continued over the weekend, with Crocodiles, threatened with relegation, after the 2-0 victory over Dijon with victory over Bordeaux by the same score at the Stade des Costieres.
Birger MelingThe successful finish for the first time opened the scoring in the first half before a looped header from Renaud Ripart – his fifth goal in the campaign and his second in many other matches – secured the three points for Nimes, who are starting to believe again.
Les Crocodiles is still fighting an uphill battle to preserve its first division status for another season, but as the only team in the last half to have won six points in their last two matches, the fight for survival is well and really going on under Plank.
This week’s hosts ended a series of nine home games lost in all competitions with their well-deserved triumph over an outstanding Bordeaux, but despite maintaining two consecutive goals for the first time this season, the 51 goals scored by Nimes that sent so far remains the largest in Ligue 1.
Plancque’s team faces Nantes in another decisive match at the bottom of the table this weekend, so maintaining the momentum of their two previous successes will be of the utmost importance for Plancque, especially as they will leave the relegation zone with three points on Wednesday.
Lorient’s incredible revival would end at some point and, having managed to hold back Monaco’s draw the previous weekend, they simply were no match for the league leader Lille last time.
Les Merlus restored parity through Jerome Hergault after Andreaw Gravillonunfortunate own goal, but Lille finished the task thanks to goals from Jose Font, Jonathan Ikone and Domagoj Bradaric while Lorient’s heat wave stopped at its own patch.
Christophe PelissierThe team’s men had won four and drawn two in all competitions before the league leaders visited – with the winning quartet all coming home – and with Nantes scoring a point against Marseille, Lorient returned to the relegation playoff.
This week’s visitors have managed to hold Rennes and Monaco away in draws since the return of a major coronavirus outbreak, but they have won only once on their travels throughout the season and have scored at least two goals in six of the last seven games – only midweek opponent Nimes has a worse defensive performance in the first division.
A draw would hardly be an ideal outcome for any coach, but if a team succeeds, they should feel much more optimistic about their chances of avoiding the fall, and Lorient won 3-0 in the reverse game in December.
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Zinedine Ferhat gave assistance to Meling’s opening goal at the weekend, but the winger is suspended for this game due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Niclas Eliasson must therefore return to the flanks, but Anthony Briancon left the field on a stretcher after 36 minutes, and it is feared that the defender broke the hamstring – leaving Plancque with almost no defenders recognized as Loick Landre and Pablo Martinez they are also nursing wounds.
The hosts’ victory over Bordeaux was even more impressive because they also lost key midfield points Andres Cubas and Lucas deaux to injuries beforehand while Sofiane Alakouch and Karim Aribi they were also expelled on Sunday to increase Nimes’ injury list.
With Paul Nardi and Vincent Le Goff back on the bench at the weekend, all the players affected by Lorient’s COVID finally recovered, so Thomas Fontaine, Sylvain Marveaux and Matthieu Saunier are Pelissier’s only three concerns.
However, Hergault will not want to be evicted by Le Goff on the left after scoring his first goal for the club at the weekend, but Nardi hopes to demote Matthieu Dreyer back to the bank.
Two other changes for visitors could see Laurent Abergel and Thomas Monconduit go back to the engine room.
Possible initial line-up of Nimes:
Reynet; Burner, Ueda, Miguel, Meling; Ahlinvi; Benrahou, Ripart, Fomba, Eliasson; Kone
Possible initial Lorient lineup:
Nardi; Delaplace, Laporte, Morel, Gravillon, Hergault; Le Fee, Abergel, Monconduit, Wissa; Moffi
Probability: Nimes 2-2 Lorient
This is a magnificent opportunity for one of Nimes or Lorient to climb safely, and both sets of players must have their tails up in this six points. The hosts quickly found their way under the command of Plancque, but a resurrected Lorient cannot be ruled out, despite his humiliation at the hands of Lille, so we are struggling to choose a winner here and, ultimately, we hope the two sides play a scoring tie.
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