Nimes vs Monaco
France – Ligue 1
Date: Saturday 11th May 2019
Kick off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Stade des Costieres (Nimes).
The fact that Nimes are 8th means they have had a fantastic season after coming up from Ligue 2 with most believing that they would go straight back down. They have been unpredictable but have pulled off some great results and now they have the chance to make life very hard for the 2017 champions Monaco.
Nimes won their last game in impressive fashion beating Reims away from home 3-0. It was a result that made sure they went to 49 points and went past Reims.
At home Nimes have lost just 4 games which is great for a side that just came up from Ligue 2 and recent form is excellent having won their last 3 games in a row in front of their home fans.
Monaco looked like they would be out of relegation danger once Leonardo Jardim came back to the job in January. They started off well but have faded once again in the last 3 months and this is simply down to the club selling their best players every season.
The main threat comes from Caen and if they lose then Monaco can rest easy. But they are just 3 points in front of Caen, and they could get sucked into having to play a play off to survive in Ligue 1. They have no wins in their last five games and they have lost 7 games away from home with just 1 win in their last five away games.
Nimes vs Monaco: Head to Head
Earlier this season the teams drew 1-1.
In the 5 games the clubs have played in this decade Nimes have no wins.
All 5 games have a 100% record for under 2.5 goals.
Nimes vs Monaco: Prediction
On paper Nimes should win but we think Monaco can surprise them. Coach Jardim has been working overtime with his players, realising that if they can win this game and Caen or Dijon drop points that his side will be virtually safe with 2 games to spare.
It is a big ask but they do like playing at this ground and Nimes have found it difficult to beat them. Monaco lack quality going forward and will have to play a tactical game, so we expect few goals also. But if they put in the effort that the coach is asking for, we believe it is worth the risk to back the away team here.
Nimes vs Monaco: Bet Tips
Monaco to beat Nimes at 2.10 (11/10)
Correct Score: Monaco to win 1-0 or 2-0 at 9.00 (8/1) and 11.00 (10/1).