Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Nimes will be looking to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Nice when they host Montpellier at their Stade des Costieres on Matchday 23. Les Crocodiles continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home ground than on the travels and they will be looking to extend their winning run on home soil when they face la Paillade on Sunday afternoon. It has to be noted that Nimes are eyeing their fifth home win of the season. Montpellier, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Caen at the weekend and they managed to get one. La Paillade did well to put an end to their five-game winless run in the national championship, but beating Nimes on the road is easier said than done. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, therefore, we predict that they are going to play out a draw at Stade des Costieres.
Highlighted Player (Umut Bozok):
Born in Saint-Avold, France on September 19, 1996, Umut Bozok is considered one of the most talented footballers in Ligue 1. Bozok plays for newcomers Nimes in the French elite division and it has to be noted that his 24 goals in the 2017/2018 Ligue 2 season helped les Crocodiles secure promotion to the French top flight. Umut Bozok made his senior debut with Nimes on July 28, 2017 in a 1-0 loss to Stade de Reims and he scored his first hat-trick with the club three months later in a 4-0 victory over Stade Brestois. Seeing that his parents are Turkish descents, Umut Bozok represented the Turkish national team at youth level. Bozok made four appearances for the U21 team, scoring three goals. Speaking of his individual honours, Bozok was Championnat Nationa top goal-scorer for the 2016-2017 season and Ligue 2 top goal-scorer for the 2017-2018 season. His main position is centre-forward.
Highlighted Team (Montpellier):
Over the years Montpellier have established themselves as a mid-table side in French Ligue 1. Montpellier are considered one of the youngest clubs in France as they were founded in 1974, but it has to be noted that a number of high-profile footballers played for the club in the past. French football legend Laurent Blanc played for Montpellier from 1981-1993 and he scored 76 goals in 24 appearances in the league for the club. Eric Cantona, Roger Milla, Carlos Valderama and Olivier Giroud played in Montpellier’s colors as well, but Pascal Baills is the player with most appearances for the club (429).
La Paillade did remarkably well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in 2012 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Montpellier won Coupe de France on two occasions (1929, 1990), with the team beating FC Sete and FC Paris respectively in the title games. The team welcome their rivals at Stade de la Mosson and the capacity of the stadium is 32.900. In 1999 Montpellier won the UEFA Intertoto Cup.