Nimes Olympique and Olympique Nice both won their league match last week, but for Nîmes it went a lot smoother than for Olympique Nice. A sign for Saturday night?
Nimes Olympique saw last week’s cup match against AS Saint-Étienne canceled due to heavy rainfall and could therefore benefit from an extra rest day. When visiting Dijon, the equipped players of Bernard Blaquart turned out to be too strong by no less than 0-4. Teji Savanier, central midfielder of Nîmes, showed himself again the engine of Blaquart’s team and he won his good race with his second goal of the season in Ligue 1. Not bad for a player who made his minutes between 2011 and 2018 in the Ligue 2.
Bernard Blaquart’s statement for his team’s generous outing was remarkable: “It gives satisfaction to book a 0-4 score and we managed to turn a large part of our chances into goals by exploiting their mistakes. As we took the lead after five minutes, it was a bit of a strange match, all we had to do was play on the counter, we played for each other and everyone did their defensive work. ” Presumably this statement by Blaquart was mainly intended as a compliment to his team which already took nineteen goals this season and only managed to keep the zero for the third time this season. On Saturday-evening against Olympique Nice, the advantage of a more equipped selection will no longer exist for Nîmes, which means that we can expect a somewhat more offensive style of play from Blaquart’s men.
Contrary to Thierry Henry Patrick Vieira achieves results with his team in the last weeks, three hard-won victories to be precise. After the 0-1 win at Girondins de Bordeaux was last week with a goal difference of both AJ Auxerre (3-2 in the sixteenth finals of the Coupe de la Ligue) and Amiens (0-1). An own goal by Prince-Desir Gouano after almost forty minutes of play decided it pleaded last week in Amiens, so Olympique Nice has now climbed to a shared seventh place with seventeen points.
Patrick Vieira understands, as a former midfielder, of course the importance of a focused attack line and a solid defense and seems to be succeeding in the last few weeks to form a real team of his players. “I’m happy with the three points against Amiens because we showed our strong points, we defended well and showed that if there is solidarity and the will to win within the team, then you can look further. than earlier this season, but we have already lost too many matches in which we played well. ” This last remark from Vieira seemed mainly intended to protect Mario Balotelli. The flamboyant Italian scored his club team for the last time almost half a year ago and seems to have completely lost this season. Nevertheless, Vieira still has confidence in SuperMario, especially because the alternatives offer little help.
PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.76