Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Nimes and Lorient go head to head at Stade des Costieres in a postponed Ligue 1 fixture. Both sides are fighting hard to survive in the French top flight, and, no doubt, there will be fireworks in the midweek clash. Les Crocodiles have been in a promising form of late, with the team beating both Dijon and Bordeaux in the previous two league fixtures, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the visit of Lorient.
All Depres, Landre, Martinez, Roux, Sarr, and Valerio are likely to miss the game with injuries. Briancon, who suffered an injury in the 2-0 win over Bordeaux, is rated doubtful for the match. Les Merlus, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to Lille, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Both Fontaine and Saunier are injured for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Baptiste Reynet):
Baptiste Reynet is a goalkeeper who was born in Romans, France on October 28, 1990. After playing for the likes of Moursoise and Valence at youth level, he joined Martigue football academy in 2007. The 185-cm-tall shoot-stopper made 53 appearances for the Martigues first team and in 2011 he moved to Dijon.
Baptiste Reynet was producing fine performances with the Mustards in the 2012/2013 Ligue 2 campaign and, as a result, Lorient chiefs decided to bring him to Stade du Moustoir. Reynet, though, played only six games for les Merlus in the French top flight as he was loaned back to Dijon after only one year at Lorient.
The French goalkeeper impressed in the 2015/2016 Ligue 2 campaign and it has to be noted that he made 17 clean sheets in the process. Baptiste Reynet, who has established himself as a first-choice shoot-stopper at Dijon has a contract with the club which expired on June 30, 2021.
Highlighted Team (Lorient):
Founded back in 1926, Lorient is a French football club that competes in Ligue 1. Les Merlus have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but they did well to go all the way in the Coupe de France in the 2001/02 season. In the title game, Lorient defeated Bastia thanks to Jean-Claude Darcheville’s goal.
The same season les Merlus made it to the Coupe de la Ligue final, but Bordeaux proved to be a big catch (0-3) for them in the title game. Lorient welcome their rivals at Stade du Moustoir, the stadium which can hold up to 16,392 spectators. The colour of the team’s home shirt is orange with a little black on it, while white is the dominant colour of their away jersey. In the 2002/03 season Lorient represented France in European competitions.
Les Merlus, though, failed to impress on their debut in the UEFA Cup as they were beaten by Denizlispor in the round 1 double-header.