MX23RW : Saturday, September 25 19:41:46| >> :600:1666027:1666027:
Aug 23, 2020 at 2pm UK at Stade des Costières
NimesNimes
4-0
BrestBrest
Denkey (8'), Meling (31'), Philippoteaux (69'), Kone (84')
Deaux (37'), Benrahou (42')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Faussurier (35'), Duverne (50'), Pierre-Gabriel (65')
Chardonnet (77')

Preview: Nimes vs. Brest - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Ligue 1 clash between Nimes and Brest, including team news and predicted lineups.

Nimes will be looking to make it five straight wins over Brest in all competitions when the two teams lock horns on the opening weekend of the 2020-21 Ligue 1 campaign.

There had been suggestions that this match could be postponed after Nimes confirmed four cases of coronavirus in their squad, but the contest is, as it stands, due to go ahead on Sunday afternoon.


Match preview

Paris Saint Germain's Maxim Choupo-Moting in action with Nimes's Renaud Ripart in Ligue 1 on February 23, 2019© Reuters

Nimes were 18th in the Ligue 1 table when the 2019-20 campaign was postponed, having picked up just seven wins from their 28 matches during a disappointing season.

Les Crocodiles managed to secure their spot at this level for at least one more year, though, and will be keen to open their 2020-21 season in a positive fashion on Sunday afternoon.

Nimes have had friendlies against Strasbourg, Grenoble Foot 38 and Rodez since the end of July, but they have not been in competitive action since a 2-1 defeat to Metz at the start of March.

As mentioned, there had been fears that this game would be suspended after four cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Nimes' first-team squad, but all four players have been quarantined, and the match is going ahead as it stands.

Jerome Arpinon's side have actually lost their last three competitive encounters, but they recorded four straight victories between February 1 and February 15 and are certainly capable of causing Brest problems in this game.

Brest coach Olivier Dall'Oglio pictured in January 2020© Reuters

Brest, meanwhile, were 14th in Ligue 1 when the 2019-20 campaign was called to a halt due to the coronavirus outbreak, having won eight, drawn 10 and lost 10 of their 28 matches.

Les Pirates only returned to France's top flight for 2019-20 courtesy of finishing second in Ligue 2 the season before and therefore consolidating at this level is currently their priority.

Olivier Dall'Oglio's side, who have lost their last four matches against Nimes in all competitions, have not been in competitive action since a 1-0 loss to Reims on March 7.

They have played four friendlies over the last few weeks, though, recording victories over Stade Briochin and Guingamp, in addition to drawing with Lorient and losing against Rennes.

Brest have actually only won one of their last nine away games in Ligue 1 and have failed to score in five of their last seven matches on their travels, which will not fill their supporters with too much confidence.

Nimes pre-season form: LLD

Brest pre-season form: WDLW


Team News

Brest coach Olivier Dall'Oglio pictured in January 2020© Reuters

Nimes are expected to hand a debut to 29-year-old goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet, who arrived from Toulouse this summer, while fellow new arrivals Andres Cubas, Yassine Benrahou and Birger Meling could also start.

Romain Philippoteaux was only a substitute in his side's last competitive match against Metz, but the attacker could come into the side for this game, while Lucas Deaux should keep his spot in midfield.

As for Brest, a busy summer transfer window has seen the likes of Franck Honorat, Christopher Herelle and Heriberto Tavares all arrive, and the trio should go straight into the starting side for this game.

The visitors are expected to line up in a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Gaetan Charbonnier likely to lead the line, meaning that Irvin Cardona could be deployed in the number 10 spot.

Ibrahima Diallo should keep his spot in midfield, though, while new arrival Herelle is likely to be partnered in central defence by Jean-Kevin Duverne.

Nimes possible starting lineup:
Reynet; Ripart, Landre, Birancon, Meling; Deaux, Cubas; Philippoteaux, Benrahou, Ferhat; Roux

Brest possible starting lineup:
Larsonneur; Pierre-Gabriel, Herelle, Duverne, Perraud; Honorat, Diallo, Battocchio, Tavares; Cardona; Charbonnier


SM words green background

We say: Nimes 1-1 Brest

Both teams will be desperate to get their campaigns off to a winning start, but a draw would not be the worst result in the world. There should be a number of new players on display in this particular game, and we are struggling to separate the two sides on the afternoon.


Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a double chance bet on a draw or an away win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Draw/Away:data

ID:411120: cacheID:411120:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:9219:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Milan on January 6, 2020
Read Next:
European roundup: Zlatan scores first goal on Milan return
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
Championship
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
National League
National League North
National League South
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
NIFL Premiership
Belarusian Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
International Friendlies
Women's Super League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Toulouse97202061423
2Sochaux10622116520
3Auxerre105411651119
4Ajaccio10541126619
5Le HavreLe Havre1045195417
6Paris FCParis FC105141311216
7PauPau10433129315
8NiortNiort10433109115
9Nimes103431210213
10Rodez AFRodez AF103431012-213
11Quevilly103341112-112
12Valenciennes10334813-512
13Caen932498111
14GuingampGuingamp10253811-311
15Grenoble103251016-611
16Bastia10244911-210
17Dijon103161116-510
18AmiensAmiens101541115-48
19DunkerqueDunkerque10136715-86
20Nancy10046619-134

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!