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The Ligue 1 meeting at Stade des Costières on Wednesday sees hosts Nîmes do battle with FC Lorient.
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Nîmes, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 2-0 Ligue 1 victory against Girondins de Bordeaux.
In that match, Nîmes managed 25% possession and 4 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. For Nîmes, the goalscorers were Birger Meling (14') and Renaud Ripart (71'). At the other end, Girondins de Bordeaux had 3 shots on goal with 1 on target.
Matches involving Nîmes have proved to be absorbing affairs lately with plenty of scoring being the norm. Over their past 6 clashes, a grand total of 22 goals have flown in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.67 goals per game) with 9 of them being chalked up by Les Crocodiles.
Ahead of this meeting, Nîmes have not won at home in their last 9 matches in the league. They will be so desperate to end this run.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Lille in Ligue 1 action, FC Lorient will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, FC Lorient had 44% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 3 on target. For FC Lorient, the scorers were Andrew Gravillon (21' Own goal) and Jérôme Hergault (23'). At the other end, LOSC Lille Métropole had 16 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. José Fonte (38'), Jonathan Ikoné (59') and Domagoj Bradarić (90') scored for Lille.
In their previous 6 clashes, FC Lorient have helped themselves to the sum of 10 goals. Les Merlus have also scored on each one of those occasions. During those fixtures, they’ve seen 10 goals go against them. That sort of pattern won’t necessarily be sustained into this game, of course.
Ahead of this meeting, FC Lorient are without an away win for the past 6 league games.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 05/05/2000 tells us that Nîmes have won 3 of these games and FC Lorient 2, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
A total of 13 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 6 for Les Crocodiles and 7 for Les Merlus. That is an average goals per game value of 2.17.
The previous league encounter between these clubs was Ligue 1 match day 14 on 13/12/2020 when the final score was FC Lorient 3-0 Nîmes.
That day, FC Lorient managed 43% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Goals were scored by Quentin Boisgard (2'), Pierre-Yves Hamel (29') and Yoane Wissa (90').
At the other end, Nîmes had 6 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
The referee was Karim Abed.
Team News: Nîmes
Nîmes boss Pascal Plancque will be grateful not to have any fitness worries to speak of ahead of this clash owing to a fully injury-free squad available to select from.
Team News: FC Lorient
Owing to a completely injury-free squad available to select from, FC Lorient boss Christophe Pélissier has no fitness worries at all coming into this clash.
When taking all factors into account, FC Lorient and Nîmes could end up without much reward for their efforts here.
We’ll see, but this could easily end up all-square. We therefore see a tight encounter, finishing with a 0-0 score at the end of the 90 minutes.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade des Costières (18,364)
Captain: Anthony Briançon
Chairman: Rani Assaf
Manager: Pascal Plancque
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 19, Coupe De France (1/16 Finals)
🔑 Key Man: Zinedine Ferhat
Mostly used in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Zinedine Ferhat was born in Bordj Menaïel, Algeria. After having made a senior debut playing for USM Alger in the 2011 - 2012 season, the accomplished Midfielder has bagged 4 league goals in this Ligue 1 2020 - 2021 campaign to date coming from a total of 21 appearances.