Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Nimes play host to Lens at their Stade des Costieres on Sunday afternoon. Les Crocodiles failed to win the previous three league fixtures, and given Lens’ flying start to the season, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Nimes boss Jerome Arpinon has a number of injury worries ahead of the visit of Lens, but keep in mind that his men managed to hold star-studded Lyon to a goalless draw at the weekend.
The newcomers, on the other hand, made a flying start to the season, with the team recording a win in each of their last three league fixtures. The Yellow and Reds are brimming with confidence ahead of Matchday 5, and they are surely capable of sharing the spoils with Nimes at an empty Stade des Costieres. Talented defender Loic Bade returns from suspension for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Pablo Martinez):
After spending ten years in French lower leagues, Pablo Martinez joined Angers in the summer of 2016. Martinez played only nine games in the French top flight for Angers and at the end of the 2016/2017 season he moved to Strasbourg.
Speaking of his early life, the French footballer, who was born in Martigues on February 21, 1989, is a product of Nimes Olympique football academy and you should know that he played for the likes of RCD Mallorca B, Uzes Pont du Gard, Martigues, Uzes Pont du Gard, Gazelec Ajaccio at senior level.
Pablo Martinez made his full professional debut with Gazelec Ajaccio in a 2-1 win over Valenciennes. His main position is left-back, but he is used as a centre-back as well. Pablo Martinez has a dual citizenship and he is eligible to represent both France and Spain at senior level. His preffered foot is left and his contract with Strasbourg expires on June 30, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Lens):
Based in the Pas-De-Calais department, Lens is a French club that plays home games at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. The Sang et Or are well known for their red shirts with yellow stripes, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
The club was founded back in 1906 and the Sang et Or originally played in green and black shirts. Speaking of their home ground, Stade Bollaert-Delelis can hold up to 38,058 spectators. The venue was opened back in 1933, and renovated during the 2014/15 season. Lens did well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in the 1997/98 season, with the team finishing the process level on points with second-place Metz.
As a result, the Sang et Or represented France in the Champions League group stages the following season. The club’s biggest European success came in the 1999/00 season when they made it to the UEFA Cup semis. Lens have won two Coupe de la Ligue trophies as well.