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Nimes vs Monaco - Weak defences to offer goals

Nimes and Monaco tipped for exciting end to end battle
Nimes vs Monaco
Goals are expected in Ligue 1 clash between Nimes and Monaco (Getty Images)

Nimes vs Monaco Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


A clash of poor defences sees Nimes host Monaco in a French Ligue 1 fixture at the Stade des Costieres. Both teams have struggled in defence and are tipped to serve up over 2.5 goals at odds of 1.67. 

Les Crocodiles have won four of their last five home matches and at odds of 3.60, are tipped to claim the victory against the visitors who are winless in their last six outings.

Nimes Olympique Form & Team News 


Nimes earned a 3-0 victory at Reims last time out in Ligue 1. Jordan Ferri and Renaud Ripart gave them a two-goal lead in the first half while Denis Bouanga added a third right after the restart.

Les Crocodiles are no longer in contention for a European finish as they sit 13 points off the final UEFA Europa League place with three matches left to play. Bernard Blaquart's men are head into Friday's clash with four wins in their last five home matches. 

A victory against Monaco is priced at 3.60.

Nimes are expected to name a similar lineup to the one that started against Reims with Ripart and Bouanga both set to retain their places in the team following their goals on Saturday. Sada Thioub is also expected to continue as the lone man in attack.

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Nimes have seen over 2.5 goals in their last five matches (Getty Images)

AS Monaco Form & Team News


Monaco were disappointing in their last Ligue 1 outing as they suffered a 3-2 defeat at home against Saint-Etienne. Despite taking a first half lead through Gelson Martins, they conceded three times after the break before Carlos struck a consolation in the second minute of added time.

The result means Monaco are now winless in their last six matches and leaves them just three points above the bottom three. Despite their recent poor form, Leonardo Jardim's men are still priced at 1.95 to triumph at the Stade des Costieres while a draw is set at odds of 3.60.

Monaco have a crippling injury list with Stevan Jovetic, Cesc Fabregas and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou all sidelined.Radamel Falcao is expected to retain his position in attack having scored six goals in his last 10 appearances.

Nimes vs Monaco Head to Head 


Monaco have never lost to Nimes with three wins and as many draws from their previous six meetings. Les Crocodiles earned a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the Stade Louis II.

Nimes vs Monaco Match Up


Nimes have an exciting front three with Bouanga, Ripart and Thioub all impressing in recent matches. Ripart could be the one to watch on Friday having scored three goals in his last five appearances.

Despite Monaco's injury problems, Falcao continues to impress for the  team. The Colombian striker will be the one to watch for the visitors and is expected to trouble the Nimes defence


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Renaud Ripart will be key for Nimes having scored three goals in his last five appearances (Getty Images)

Nimes vs Monaco Key Statistics


  • Nimes have won 4 of their last 5 home matches (Ligue 1).
  • Nimes have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches (Ligue 1).
  • Monaco have lost 2 of their last 3 matches (Ligue 1).
  • Monaco have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches (Ligue 1).

Verdict


Nimes and Monaco often produce over 2.5 goals in a good number of their matches and that trend is tipped to continue on Friday at odds of 1.67. Nimes have also been in good form in recent fixtures and are expected to win against the depleted visitors.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.67 at bet365 – 4 Units
Value Bet: Nimes Win @ 3.60 at bet365 – 1 Unit
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