Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
In this Friday kick-off Ligue 1 encounter, Nimes are welcoming St Etienne at the Stade des Costieres. Since winning twice in the two opening matches of the season, Nimes have struggled, recording four draws and four defeats, including a 2:0 loss to Lyon in the last round. This form currently puts them in 15th place, level on points with Dijon and Amiens in 16th and 17th places. Even though the have scored the most goals out of all the teams in the bottom half of the table, they are also tied with Amiens and Guingamp with the most goals conceded. St Etienne, on the other hand, were in good form before losing against Lille in round 7 and drawing with Rennes in the last round. With only two losses in the last six games, they are sixth in the table but already 14 points behind a still perfect Paris Saint Germain. Still, Nimes have only been beaten once at home this season, while St Etienne have just one win away from home. A draw is the most likely result.
Highlighted Player (Téji Savanier):
Born in Montpellier on December 22, 1991, Teji Savanier is a French footballer who plays for Nimes in the Ligue 1 as a midfielder. Savanier began his senior career at Arles-Avignon and it has to be noted that he played for the club from 2011 to 2015.
Ahead of the start of the 2015/2016 Ligue 2 campaign, Teji Savanier joined Nimes and he has been playing for the club ever since. The 171-cm tall midfielder has established himself as a first-team regular at Nimes and he successfully plays for the club in the French top flight. Savanier’s main position is central midfield, but he is used as an attacking midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right.
Despite producing fine performances for Nimes in all competitions, Teji Savanier has yet to receive a call-up for the French national football team. His contract with Nimes should expire on June 27, 2018.
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 Geoffroy-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.