Match Preview: Nimes 3-1 Angers Prediction and Betting Tips | France (Ligue 1)

Nimes – Angers betting tips for today, January 23, 2019

Kick-off: 19:00 Nimes – Angers
Football:  France – Ligue 1
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.33
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 3:1 WON!!!

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Nîmes welcome Angers in this rescheduled Ligue 1 (L1) encounter hoping to maintain their good historical top-flight head-to-head home record against ‘Les Scoïstes’ (W13, D6, L2), although their last L1 meeting in Nîmes was back in 1980/81.
The hosts know that they simply must score first to give themselves an optimal chance, having won the last three L1 home games in which they have scored the opening goal. On the flipside, however, they have failed to win any home league game in which they have conceded first this season (D1, L4).
In addition, ‘Les Crocodiles’ (NÎM) have failed to score in nearly half (four) of their ten L1 home fixtures – the third worst ratio in the league. This will be manager Bernard Blaquart’s prime concern, even though his charges face an Angers side that are winless in seven away matches across all competitions (D5, L2).
This damning statistic clearly relates to the fact that Angers have failed to score in their last two L1 road trips, and have the league’s second-worst possession rate in away games (41%). However, they last failed to score in three straight away L1 fixtures over a year ago (November/December 2017).
Players to watch: One of Nîmes’ standout players has been Denis Bouanga. He has four goals and one assist so far. Meanwhile, Angers’ top scorer Stéphane Bahoken scored four of his five league goals on the road.
Stat attack: The hosts have scored ten of their 12 home goals in the second half.
Across all venues and competitions, Nîmes have conceded first in five of their last six games.
Angers have scored nine of their ten away L1 goals in the first half, with a league high of five coming between the 15th and the 30th minute.

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