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Lille vs Nimes Preview
Lille OSC will look to continue their fantastic season when they host Nimes Olympique at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Christophe Galtier’s side are currently 2nd in the table, a stunning turnaround considering they finished 17th in the 2017-18 league season. Les Dogues now have 65 points from 33 games and are out of title contention as Paris Saint-Germain have already wrapped the league up.
However, finishing 2nd is imperative for securing direct qualification into the UEFA Champions League group stage next season. Lille are currently ahead of 3rd-placed Lyon by 5 points and will look to consolidate their position with a win against Nimes.
Coming to their opponents, Nimes are enjoying a decent season of their own. Les Crocodiles are 9th in the Ligue 1 table, a remarkable achievement for a promoted club. They have picked up 46 points from 33 games and are set to stay up this season.
There is a slim chance of European football for Nimes if they can pick up as many points as possible in the remaining games. PSG play Rennes in the Coupe de France final this weekend, and a win for the league champions will see the 5th-placed team in Ligue 1 enter Europa League.
Now, Bernard Blaquart’s side are 8 points behind 5th-placed Marseille. While that is a considerable gap, it is not an impossible one with 15 points left to play for. Thus, Nimes have a good enough incentive to try and win the game against Lille.
Injuries and Suspensions
In terms of team news, defender Adama Soumaoro is expected to miss out for Galtier’s side with a muscle injury. Barring him, the rest of the squad should be at the gaffer’s disposal.
Coming to their visitors, defenders Fethi Harek and Loiik Landre are expected to miss the clash. Further, attacker Clement Depres and Mustapha Diallo are long-term absentees with a cruciate ligament injury and an ankle problem respectively. Finally, midfielder Anthony Briancon is set to miss out due to suspension.
Lille have won 5 of the last six meetings and drew the other. Further, Les Dogues have won each of their last three home meetings between the sides. The reverse fixture was a goal-fest with Galtier’s team winning the tie 3-2.
Lille vs Nimes Prediction
Lille are in terrific form at the moment and are unbeaten in their last four games. Among those matches include a stunning 5-1 thumping of PSG at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, their previous home game.
Further, their opponents Nimes are not good travelers and have won just 5 of their 16 away games so far. They have also lost their last four away games. However, Blaquart’s men did win 3 of their last four games and have scored in each of their previous seven.
Thus, there is a decent form and momentum on both sides. However, Lille’s splendid form coupled with Nimes away struggles strongly favors a win for the home side.
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Lille Predicted XI: Maignan; Zeki Celik, Fonte, Gabriel, Kone; Mendes Riberio, Miguel; Pepe, Ikone, Bamba; Leao
Nimes Predicted XI: Bernardoni; Ripart, Miguel, Lybohy, Maouassa; Bouanga, Savanier, Ferri, Bobichon; Alioui, Bozok