Nimes vs Lens
Nimes - Lens
After some good previous seasons (starting especially with that 8 points deduction by FF for arranged games) Nimes exploded in 2017 being the most spectacular team of Ligue 2. They scored 40 goals in 18 games ( having one game in hand vs GFC Ajaccio who probable will be played on 23th January due the both teams were knocked out from French Cup in previous weekend) and finished on 2nd spot with 37 points – 7 less than the leader. An incredible offensive compartment with new star Bozok ( top striker of the Ligue with 14 goals) along Alioui, Thioub, Ripart 9 who had some problems being injured) Vlachodimos and young Del Castillo. Is a pleasure to watch this team Bernard Blaquart transformed in a positive way since he took the charge. So I will keep my eyes on them. Boscagli is suspended.
Lens had a terrible start of the season losing first 7 games in a row. The team really didn’t play so bad as the results suggest but no luck at all. Also some problems with injuries and other extra-football contributed massive to these results. Of course the coach Casanova was sacked, being appointed former Lens legend Sikora who had a difficult mission. But he slowly put Lens again on track collecting 19 points in last 12 games, being 4th in table keeping in mind last 10 games. Currently they are sitting on 15th spot having only 4 points more than play-out spot ( but, no doubt, they are not relegation material so will leave soon the red zone). Lens is a strong team with plenty of quality players and expect from them much better performance even compared with those last 10 games. Nothing yet on transfer list even are many discussions with some players who want to leave Lens. They will be without Bellegarde (maybe their best player in first part of the season) and Chantome both injured
Traditionally in last years, Nimes played very well in January. Keeping in mind powerful force in attack and missing of one of the best Lens player I expect Nimes to take another clear win. Back them -0.75 ah. gl
Nimes vs Lens prediction
|1 -0.75||Pinnacle||2.23||8||0-1 LOST (-8 units)|