Our football match prediction:
Stade des Costieres will host Wednesday’s football game between Nimes and Saint-Etienne. Nimes are on a nine-game winless run in Ligue 1 ahead of the Coupe de la Ligue clash and, no doubt, a victory over Saint-Etienne will help them regain a much-needed confidence. Bernard Blaquart’s troops will surely take this match very seriously, but beating les Verts is easier said than done. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the French top flight at the weekend and we believe that fans are going to see yet another close encounter on Wednesday evening. Saint-Etienne sit in the top half of the Ligue 1 standings, but seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the two sides are going to play out a draw in the Coupe de la Ligue clash at Stade des Costieres.
Highlighted Player (Anthony Briancon):
Born in Avignon, France on November 28, 1994, Anthony Briancon is a defender who is a product of Nimes youth academy. His main position is centre-back, but the French footballer is used as a defensive midfielder as well. Briancon made his senior debut for Nimes in Ligue 2 on May 16, 2014 against Creteil, coming as a substitute for Pierre Bouby in the 54th minute of the match. The two teams shared the spoils (1-1) and it is important to note that Anthony Briancon has been playing for les crocodiles ever since. The French defender has a contract with Nimes which should expire on June 30, 2021. Briancon scored his first ever goal for les crocodiles in January 2016 in a thrilling 6-2 victory over Clermont. The 185-cm-tall defender played an important role in Nimes in the 2017/2018 season, scoring 3 goals in 37 appearances for the club in the process and, no doubt, he helped Bernard Blaquart’s team secure promotion to the French top flight.
Highlighted Team (St Etienne):
Saint Etienne are a professional football club that compete in French Ligue 1. Les Verts were founded in 1919 by employees of a grocery store chain based in Saint Etienne. Saint Etienne wear green shirts and white shorts when playing at home ground and they play their home matches at Stade Geofrroy-Guichard. The stadium was opener on 13 September, 1931 and following the renovation the capacity of the venue increased to 42 000. In 1981 les Verts won their tenth Ligue 1 trophy, but they have been in the shadow of Ligue 1 giants Lyon and PSG in the 21st century. Speaking of the club’s European success, Saint Etienne made it to the European Cup (Champions League) final in 1976, but Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich proved to be a big catch for the French outfit. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the likes of Michel Platini, Jacques Santini, Laurent Blanc and Aime Jacquet all played for Saint Etienne in the past.