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Marseille vs Nimes - Les Olympiens to keep up European chase
Back Marseille to impress in high scoring clash
Marseille backed to continue charge for European finish with win over Nimes (Getty Images)
Marseille vs Nimes Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Marseille are expected to continue their fine home form when they welcome Nimes to the Orange Velodrome for a French Ligue 1 clash. The hosts are tipped to secure the victory at 1.50 with the clash expected to produce over 2.5 goals.
Olympique de Marseille Form & Team News
Marseille suffered a blow in their quest for a European finish last weekend as they were beaten 2-0 defeat away at Bordeaux. They saw plenty of possession and created a few chances but were wasteful in front of goal.
Les Olympiens are now eight points behind third place Lyon in the race for UEFA Champions League football and two points off Saint-Etienne in the final Europa League spot. Rudi Garcia's men remain solid at home with four wins and a draw in their last five home matches and are backed at 1.50 to return to winning ways on Saturday.
Mario Balotelli was only a second half substitute at Bordeaux and is expected to return to the starting lineup. The striker has scored seven goals in 10 matches for Marseille and should be joined in attack by Dimitri Payet and top scorer Florian Thauvin.
Nimes Olympique Form & Team News
Nimes are coming off a 3-1 home win against Rennes in their previous Ligue 1 fixture. Renaud Ripart opened the scoring on 24 minutes before Denis Bouanga and Antonin Bobichon added further goals in the second half.
The victory helped Les Crocodiles leapfrog Rennes and climb into the top half of the table. Bernard Blaquart's men are still poor away from home with five defeats in their last six matches on the road placing them at odds of 5.75 to win in Marseille while a draw is valued at 4.50.
Bouanga and Bobichon have been in fine form for Nimes with two goals each in their last three matches. They tend to struggle away from home, however, having combined for just two goals in their last six matches.
Marseille vs Nimes Head-to-Head
The reverse fixture at the Stade des Costieres was the first ever Ligue 1 meeting between Marseille and Nimes. Les Crocodiles claimed a 3-1 victory with Bouanga and Ripart both on target while Thauvin got the only goal for Rudi Garcia's team.
Marseille vs Nimes Match Up
Mario Balotelli had been excellent since moving to Marseille in January, scoring seven goals in 10 appearances. The Italian striker combines well with Thauvin and Payet and should be too much to handle for the visitors.
Nimes will look to Bouanga and Bobichon for goals on Sunday with both men scoring twice each in their last three matches. Given their struggles away from home, they are likely to find things difficult in Marseille.
Marseille vs Nimes Key Statistics
- Marseille have won 4 of their last 5 home matches (Ligue 1).
- Marseille have seen over 2.5 goals in 2 of their last 3 matches (Ligue 1).
- Marseille's Mario Balotelli has scored 6 goals in his last 5 home matches (Ligue 1).
- Nimes have lost 5 of their last 6 away matches (Ligue 1).
- Nimes have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches (Ligue 1).
Marseille often do their best work at home having won four of their last five matches at the Orange Velodrome. They are predicted to secure the victory over Nimes who have lost five of their last six away matches.
Mario Balotelli has scored in every home match since moving to Marseille. The Italian striker is my pick in the first and anytime goalscorer markets.
Best Bet: Marseille Win & Over 2.5 goals @ 2.20 at bet365 - 3 Units
Value Bet: Mario Balotelli Anytime Goalscorer @ 2.10 at betvictor - 3 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Mario Balotelli @ 4.40 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Marseille Win 2-1 @ 8.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit
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