Nimes v Marseille live at Eleven Sports
Newly-promoted Nimes announced their return to France’s top-flight in stunning style, coming from behind with 10 men to win 4-3 at Angers on the opening weekend. The Crocodiles were back in the big time for the first time since 1993 and celebrated in style post-match.
The newcomers made a dream start, leading at the Stade Raymond Kopa within five minutes as Former Nice forward Sada Thioub powered into the penalty box before slotting the first goal away. Angers grew into the game and eventually levelled, before taking what appeared to be an unassailable 3-1 advantage.
Nevertheless, the visitors were given renewed hope when they reduced the deficit in the 77th minute as Clement Depres pulled a goal back. Florian Miguel was then sent off for Nimes but quite remarkably they managed to snatch all three points as Renaud Ripart and Depres pinched the points in the dying minutes.
Goals on the agenda
The hosts earned promotion from Ligue 2 taking the runners-up position but the Crocodiles outscored the league winners. Nimes did ship 13 more goals than the second-tier champions with Bernard Blaquart’s boys considered the great entertainers of the division.
Blaquart’s reaffirmed his commitment for playing forward-thinking football – Nimes’ 4-4-2 often appears more like a 4-2-4 – and with the hosts scoring four or more goals on nine occasions last term, plus an average goals-per-game count of 2.95 across their fixtures, high-scoring games should be the norm.
Indeed, Sunday night’s showdown at the Stade des Costieres could prove to be an exciting encounter and punters should look to support Over 2.5 Goals at 1.70 quotes when Marseille arrive in town.
Menacing Marseille pack plenty of punch
Marseille missed out on Champions League qualification by just a single point as their 11 draws held Rudi Garcia’s group back. L’OM did make an impressive start to their new campaign, destroying Toulouse 4-0, and the French giants should be well capable of joining the goalscoring party here.
Both sides scored in 22 of Marseille’s 38 matches in 2017/18 and a repeat should certainly lead us towards a high-scoring shootout with Over 2.5 Goals a solid value play despite the apparent short quote.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.670
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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