Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After eliminating Entente SSG in the Coupe de France at the weekend, Nantes will be looking to start a new winning run in the Ligue 1 when they host Nimes at their Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau on Matchday 24. Les Canaris aim to put an end to their four-game winless run in the French top flight, but the game against Nimes will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Les Cocodriles, on the other hand, shared the spoils with Montpellier in their last league match and, as a result, they remained in the middle of the Ligue 1 table. Nimes, though, are not regarded as good travelers and seeing that they suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Rennes and Nice in previous two away games in the national championship, we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Fabio):
Fabio Pereira da Silva was born in Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro on 9 July, 1990. The full-back, who is capable of playing on both sides of the field, began his youth career at Fluminense and in 2007 he was spotted by Manchester United scouts. Despite signing a contract with the Premier League giants in February, 2007, the Brazilian footballer was unable to play for the Red Devils until his 18th birthday.
On August, 2008 he made his Manchester United debut, coming from the bench in a 2-0 win over Peterborough United. Fabio impressed on his debut, but he made just two appearances for Manchester United in the 2008/2009 season (FA Cup). On 2 July, 2012 Fabio signed a loan deal with Queens Park Rangers and he played 21 games for the Hoops in the 2012/2013 Premier League campaign.
He returned to Manchester United for the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign, but on 29 January, 2014 David Moyes decided to sell him to Cardiff City. Speaking of his international career, Fabio has 17 caps for Brazil U17 team and he made his first-team debut on 7 October, against Costa Rica.
Highlighted Team (Nimes):
Founded on April 10, 1937 Nimes Olympique are a French club that will compete in the Ligue 1 in the 2018/2019 season. Les crocodiles were playing an important role in French football in the last 50s, with the team finishing second on four occasions (1958, 1959, 1960, 1972).
Nimes made it to the French Cup final in 1958, 1961 and 1996, but they eventually failed to lift the trophy. Nimes are well known for their red home colours, but they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. Stade de Costieres has been the home of Nimes since 1989, when it was opened.
The venue can hold up to 18,482 spectators and the construction cost €160 million. Speaking of the club’s notable footballers, the likes of Wilson Oruma, Mehmed Bazdarevic, Aliou Cisse, Benjamin Moukandjo, Laurent Blanc, Frederic Piquionne and Eric Cantona were all part of les crocodiles in the past. Montpellier are considered their biggest rivals.