Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Fourteen points separate Nimes and Caen in the table. Nimes are 12th but two games behind Angers in 11th. One of those outstanding matches is away to St Etienne mid-week. There is still an outside chance Nimes could fight for one of the European spots, but it’s a long shot. Safe in the middle of the table, the home side will be quite relaxed on the pitch on Saturday.
Caen team will have some confidence and hope after beating Monaco in the last round. They can hope to get at least a draw since more than a third of their encounters this season were ties. And they did score a goal in each of the last four away fixtures. Nimes have average two goals a game in their last four games at home. Two were victories while the other two were draws. Nimes have the advantage of the home turf and a better record, but Caen are fighting to stay in Ligue 1 which makes them dangerous for any opponent.
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 (Caen):
Caen are a French football club that compete in Ligue 1. Caen were founded in 1913 under the name of The Stade Malherbe Caennais and back then Stade de Venoix was the club’s home ground. Nowadays SMC play their home games at Stade Michel d’Ornano and the capacity of the venue is 20.453.
Caen finished the 1991/1992 Ligue 1 campaign in fifth position in the standings, 14 points behind champions Marseille and that is considered the club’s best result in the French top flight. In 2005 Caen made it to the Coupe de la Ligue final, but Strasbourg proved to be a big catch for Patrick Remy’s troops.
The Stade Michel d’Ornano outfit play their home games in red shirts with blue stripes (vertical), while gray and black are their away colours. Nicolas Seube is the club’s most capped player and it has to be noted that he made no less than 477 appearances for SMC during his spell with the club.