Nimes is currently sitting at 9th position in the league, with a record 6-7-6 and 25 points. Looking at their past 5 games, they won 2 (Reims 3:0 and AC Ajaccio 1:2), whereas they lost 3 (Orleans 2:1, Auxerre 2:0 and Brest 1:2). Despite losing 3 games, they can be happy with a 3:0 win over 2nd positioned Reims on 25th of November. Following that match you could expect them to put up a good fight against Auxerre, but that was not the case. Nimes lost that match with 2:0. It’s quite a disappointing defeat nonetheless, as Auxerre is a definite relegation candidate in my eyes. So from what I have seen this team is really up and down with their performances. Nimes home form in the past 10 games is one of the worst in the league (1-5-3), so by these numbers I do not consider them to be any real threat to the visiting teams. Today, Nimes has a chance to extend their winning streak to 2 games with a home match against Le Havre. They have met each other several times before, with LeHavre coming on top on 3 occasions in the past 5 fixtures.
LeHavre is 2 points (27pts) ahead of their opponents with a record 7-6-6 and are at 8th position in Ligue 2. At the moment they have the worst form in the league, not being able to win in their past 5 league games. Lens (1:0) Strasbourg (0:1) and Tours (0:2) all proven to be too strong of an opponent for Le Havre, whereas they managed to get 1 point against Amiens (0:0) and 1 against Niort (1:1) which is an ok result. This fixture is an important one for Le Havre, because they need a win to break their bad form, if not they will slowly but surely slide down to the bottom part of the table. Away form of Le Havre in the past 10 games is 5th best in the league (4-3-3), only 2 points behind Nimes, who are currently the best team on the road 5-2-3).
Looking solely at the record of these two teams there is nothing much to separate them, but there is one important information we must consider. Missing players. Nimes has a lot of trouble with missing players, as the list has 5 players on it. Kouakou, Alioui, Azouni, Marin and Angoula will all miss the match. The absence of Alioui and Azouni will be huge for the team and will surely effect their performance. Le Havre on the other hand is missing only 2 players; Bese and Fortes. On the positive note Gallon and Ripart are back with the squad after missing last game for Nimes. As for Le Havre, they will be happy to welcome back Duhamel to their squad.
Verdict & Prediction
It’s not only the bad form of Nimes on the home ground compared to Le Havre away form, but as I mentioned before, missing players also play a big part in our decisions. They are one of the biggest factors that contribute to teams performance in general. Nimes missing 5 players will be a big blow to the team. With that in mind they are coming into this match severely weakened and this will be a great opportunity for Le Havre to snatch another win to add to their historic dominance.
Prediction : Le Havre +0.00 AH (same as draw no bet)
Odds : 1.93 SBOBET