The two worst sides in the Ligue 1 table will face off when Nimes travel to the Stade Louis II to play Monaco.
Nimes have started the new season with successive defeats. They faced defending champions PSG in the first game, which was always going to be a tough task. PSG won 3-0 with relative ease that day. Nimes faced Nice in their next game, and lost that 2-1. Renaud Ripart scored the only goal for them in that game. Nimes had two players sent off for them last week. Defenders Pablo Martinez and Anthony Briancon received red cards in stoppage time.
The duo won’t be able to feature against Monaco, which will be a huge blow. Nimes will want to get away from the relegation zone as soon as possible. Nimes finished ninth in the league last season, surprising many people along the way. They were promoted last season itself, which makes that finish all the more impressive. Bernard Blaquart is the manager since 2015, and he will be backed by the club to revive his side’s fortunes this season.
Nimes’ defence was their main weakness last season, despite their decent league position. It seems as though that has continued this season. They have conceded 5 goals in the two games so far. Both their first-choice centre-backs will be suspended against Monaco, which is a huge problem for Blaquart. Loick Landre and Kelyan Guessoum should deputise for the two against Monaco.
Just like Nimes, Monaco have endured a terrible start to the season. They are the last side of the table as it stands. Both their games so far have ended in 3-0 defeats. They traveled to face Lyon in their first game. Cesc Fabregas got sent off in the first half which changed the nature of the game. In the second game against Metz, something similar happened. Ruben Aguilar received his matching orders in the first half which paved the way for another loss.Embed from Getty Images
Just two years ago, Monaco were the defending champions in France. But last season saw them go very close to relegation. If the early signs are suggesting anything, this season could see more of the same. Coach Leonardo Jardim has a lot of work to do to lift Monaco to where they belong. Wissam Ben Yedder made his debut for the club against Metz. Along with Aleksandr Golovin, he will be crucial to Monaco’s chances this season.
These two sides last met in May when Nimes won 1-0. But before that game, Monaco have dominated the head to head record. They have lost just once in the last six meetings between these two sides.
Monaco vs Nimes Prediction
Neither side is in great form, and the game will be a tight one. The total goals should be less than 2.5 in the game. Both sides will set up to avoid defeat, as a single point will be valuable to either side. A cagey game can be in store and a draw seems like the most likely result.