Orleans is having a really good path since late in January, as the team managed to imrpove significantly and get four victories and two draws in last six rounds, coming from a narrow 1:0 victory away from home against Valenciennes last Friday evening.
However, must be said that this was quite undeserved victory this time – since the home team looked as far more superior side on the field and simply deserved much more – they were better from the off, but the guests exploited one of their rare chances in the first halftime, in 39th minute via Le Tallec.
While they even missed a penalty kick at the start of second, while the rest of the match completely belonged to the home team who were missing chance after chance. Striker Hicham Benkaid (18/1) should be suspended serving his last game ban.
Nimes, on the other side, comes from a 2:1 victory at home last Saturday afternoon when the team welcomed Paris FC and managed to take very important three pointer against direct opponent in their promotional battle.
The game itself wasn’t that interesting, especially not in the first halftime when the hosts had a bit more of the ball possession and looked better, but failed to do many concrete things, missing a penalty however in the process. Second part was far more open and started with a goal for Paris FC in 50th minute via Nomenjanahary, however hosts replied with far more concrete performance from that moment on.
They leveled up in 63rd minute with a goal from Bozok, continuing to be better for the most of the game and finally making that extra push in first minute of additional time with a goal from Ripart for the final victory.
The side now stands at second position, having eleven points less than leaders from Reims, but also four more than third placed Clermont and surely aims to keep on the second position that would secure them direct promotion at the end of the season. Forward Thoub (23/4) should be back coming from injury.
~ Orleans are undefeated in their last 6 matches.
Being one of the strongest teams in the league and chasing promotion, there is no doubt that Nimes comes here to attack and to get all three points. However, hosts are playing more than well at the moment and do just fine in attack this season in front of own fans. They try to attack and not waiting much at home, similar to what Nimes does, so widely open game is what I expect from both teams. Their offensive quality makes this bet quite valuable.