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Dec 4, 2020 at 8pm UK at Stade des Costieres
NimesNimes
0-2
MarseilleMarseille

Landre (44'), Cubas (74')
Cubas (77')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Benedetto (57'), Germain (84')
Amavi (1'), Cuisance (21'), Caleta-Car (40'), Gonzalez (44')
Villas-Boas (40')

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

Sports Mole previews Friday's Ligue 1 clash between Nimes and Marseille, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Marseille will be aiming to stretch their winning run in Ligue 1 to five matches when they pay a visit to the Stade des Costieres to take on Nimes this Friday.

In contrast, the hosts are enduring a woeful spell of form and currently sit 16th in the table ahead of their showdown with Les Olympiens.


Match preview

Nimes manager Jerome Arpinon pictured in February 2019© Reuters

Nimes finally managed to halt their losing streak in the French top flight with a narrow win over fellow strugglers Reims two weeks ago, but Jerome Arpinon's men were handed a harsh dose of reality during their trip to a high-flying Monaco side.

Goals from Sofiane Diop, Gelson Martins and Kevin Volland saw Les Monegasques cruise to a 3-0 victory over Nimes, who also had Lucas Deaux sent off in the second half last weekend on a truly miserable afternoon for this week's hosts.

Nimes' defeat at Monaco was their fifth loss in six top-flight games - a run of form which has seen them slowly slip down the table despite a relatively solid start to the season - and Arpinon will certainly not be confident of turning his side's fortunes around against Ligue 1 powerhouses Marseille this week.

However, Les Crocodiles have a less daunting fixture to come after the visit of Marseille as Nimes will face fellow strugglers Lorient in gameweek 14, but Arpinon has witnessed his side notch up a measly four goals in their last nine games - something which must be addressed as the battle to avoid the drop hots up.

Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Andre Villas-Boas would have breathed a huge sigh of relief after Marseille finally got off the mark in Europe on Tuesday, with Les Monegasques scoring their first goals of the tournament in a 2-1 win over Olympiacos in Group C.

While Les Olympiens cannot finish in the top two, a brace of penalties from Dimitri Payet ensured that the fight for third and a spot in the Europa League is not done and dusted just yet, with Marsielle and Olympiacos both on three points ahead of the final round of group fixtures.

However, Marseille's sixth game of the group stage is the one that the Olympiens faithful have been dreading the most - away to Manchester City - but a resounding victory over Nimes would certainly give Villas-Boas reason for cautious optimism ahead of their trip to the Etihad.

As far as Marseille's domestic fortunes are concerned, Villas-Boas's men have taken 12 points from their last four games - including a 3-1 win over Nantes last Saturday - but Les Olympiens currently find themselves outside of the top five given Lyon, Monaco and Montpellier's equally strong spell of form.

Nimes triumphed over Marseille as recently as the 2018-19 campaign, but Les Olympiens have won 10 of their last 11 encounters with Friday's hosts, including a 3-2 victory on Nimes' turf last season.

Nimes Ligue 1 form: LLLLWL

Marseille Ligue 1 form: DDWWWW
Marseille form (all competitions): LLWLWW


Team News

Marseille's Morgan Sanson celebrates scoring their first goal in March 2020© Reuters

Deaux had only just returned from a suspension for the trip to Monaco, and the 31-year-old will make an immediate return to the sidelines after his sending-off last Sunday.

On a more positive note, Nimes may have captain Anthony Briancon back for this fixture - a timely return with fellow centre-back Pablo Martinez expected to miss out.

However, Birger Meling is not ready for a return to action just yet, while Kevin Denkey is a doubt after suffering a head injury on the stroke of half time at Monaco.

Marseille have nowhere near as many concerns on the injury front, with Nemanja Radonjic the only confirmed absentee as he nurses a thigh problem.

Leonardo Balerdi was suspended for the win over Olympiacos but is back in the fold for this one, while Morgan Sanson recovered from illness in time to feature as a substitute on Tuesday and he could start here.

Dario Benedetto notched up all three of Marseille's goals at the Stade des Costieres last season, but the Argentine lasted just 45 minutes against Olympiacos and could find his spot under threat here.

Nimes possible starting lineup:
Reynet; Burner, Briancon, Landre, Paquiez; Ahlinvi, Cubas, Fomba; Ferhat, Kone, Eliasson

Marseille possible starting lineup:
Mandanda; Sakai, Gonzalez, Balerdi, Amavi; Gueye, Rongier, Sanson; Thauvin, Benedetto, Payet


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We say: Nimes 0-2 Marseille

Marseille are sure to be feeling the effects of Tuesday's hard-fought win, but the visitors will be delighted to finally get off the mark in the Champions League and should carry that momentum forward here. Nimes have several defensive absentees and have produced a worrying set of results in recent weeks, so we are backing Marseille to march to their fifth top-flight victory on the bounce this week.


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How you voted: Nimes vs Marseille

Nimes
13.2%
Draw
14.8%
Marseille
72.1%
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2Lille20126235152042
3Lyon20117239192040
4MonacoMonaco20113639291036
5Rennes2010643022836
6Marseille189542618832
7Angers209382531-630
8Bordeaux208572321229
9Metz207762118328
10Lens198472929028
11Montpellier HSCMontpellier208483335-228
12Brest2082103136-526
13StrasbourgStrasbourg2072112932-323
14Nice196582228-623
15Reims205692831-321
16Saint-EtienneSt Etienne204792030-1019
17NantesNantes203982032-1218
18Nimes2043131641-2515
19Dijon192891226-1414
20Lorient1933132038-1812

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