A woeful Nimes side will host Rennes at the Stade des Costieres in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Nimes Match Form
Nimes are in grave danger of being relegated to the second division as it stands. They are in 19th place, five points clear of safety. Their recent form does not provide much encouragement either. Nimes have lost their last four league games in succession. The last point they claimed came in a 1-1 draw with Metz in December. Since then, they have scored just once in the next four league games.
In that time, Nimes have conceded 14 goals at the other end. This stark disparity in defense and attack has been the major reason for their fall this season. Nimes have scored just 13 league goals, which is the worst tally in the entire division. A defender scored their last goal, and the strikers have been torrid in front of the goal. The likes of Renaud Ripart and Zinedine Ferhat need to step up if their side wants to stay in the top flight for next season.
Nimes’ last league game ended in a 3-1 loss against Marseille. Anthony Briancon scored in stoppage time for them, but the result was out of hand by then. However, Nimes won their first game of the new year to give some hope. They faced Tours in the French Cup and recorded a victory on penalties. After a 2-2 draw in regulation, Nimes won 4-2 in the shootout. Manager Bernard Blaquart will hope for a change of fortunes in the league as well.
Rennes Match Form
Rennes are enjoying their campaign so far. They have surprised many people and are currently third in the table. Finishing there at the end of the season will fetch them qualification for the Champions League. They are five points below Marseille, who are in second place. Rennes are in stunning form, and they have won their last five league games on the bounce.
They continued that form in the French Cup as well. Amiens were the opponents, and Rennes got the win in the penalty shootout to progress to the next round. The game was goalless after regulation and Rennes triumphed 5-4 in the shootout. Marseille Consolat will be their opponents in the next round. Rennes’ last two league wins have come by a 1-0 scoreline, which speaks about their ability to grind out results.
These two sides met twice last season and exchanged wins. Rennes won 4-0 in the first matchup, but Nimes had their revenge when they claimed a 3-1 win in the reverse fixture. The gap between the sides is much starker now than compared to last season.
Nimes vs Rennes Betting Tips
Rennes will be favorites to get the win and heap misery on Nimes. A clean sheet is also likely for Rennes as Nimes have few options firing in the attack. The total goals should be under 2.5 in this one. A close win for Rennes is the likely outcome on Saturday.