Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Even though many people expected that Nimes would suffer a dip in form, they continue to impress in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 season. The Crocodiles are on a three-game winning run in the league ahead of Sunday’s football game against Lille and they surely want to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Nimes did well to beat Amiens 3-0 in their last home game in the national championship, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Lille. Les Dogues, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Reims at the weekend, with the team extending their unbeaten streak in the French elite division to three games. Nimes and Lille seem to be evenly matched at the moment, therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. In their last meeting at Stade des Costieres the two teams played out a 3-3 draw.
Highlighted Player (Anthony Briancon):
Born in Avignon, France on November 28, 1994, Anthony Brianco 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 (Lille):
Lille have been playing an important role in French football ever since they were founded in 1944. Les Dogues won their first domestic trophy in the 1945/1946 season.
Lille did well to win their second Ligue 1 title in 1954 and 57 years later they lifted their last domestic title. Les Douges finished the 2010/2011 season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille and it has to be noted that Lille attacker Moussa Sow won the Golden Boot (25 goals).
Lille are one of the two teams that managed to win three consecutive Coupe de France trophies (1946, 1947, 1948), but they have yet to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Dogues faced PSG in the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but les Parisiens proved to be a big catch for Frederic Antonetti’s team in the title game.
Lille play their home matches at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the capacity of the stadium is 50.186. The venue was opened in August, 2017 and the construction cost €282 million.