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The two outstanding catch-up games in French Ligue 1 were played on Wednesday and Thursday before the fourth matchday kicked off on Friday evening. In the Groupama Stadium there will be a duel between Olympique Lyon and Nimes. Last season’s CL semi-finalist is feeling pressure again after a weak start to the season.
With four points from the first three league games, those responsible for “OL” can by no means be satisfied. The guests from Nimes only have three points on their credit side so far, and further increases in points this weekend would definitely be a big surprise.
For the guests, on the other hand, the eightfold effort currently attracts. The game starts on Friday evening at 20:00 p.m. In our tip category Football France you can find more Ligue 1 games including a preview and tip forecast.
One of the big losers of the early end of the 2019/20 season was Olympique Lyon, for the first time in the 21st century the club is not represented internationally. The last mini-chance to win the Champions League title was gambled away in August, but making it into the semi-finals was a huge success for Rudi Garcia’s team.
The lack of income from international business is noticeable and one or the other exit could still arise in the next few days and weeks. Especially about superstar Memphis Depay there are persistent rumors that he will move to FC Barcelona. On the part of the newcomers, Tino Kadewere is the only real newcomer worth mentioning, the 24-year-old striker came from Le Havre (Ligue 2) and was a top scorer there.
However, results have to be delivered this season and the club has to be measured against the return to the premier class. After three games in Ligue 1, there is still no euphoria, because despite a 4-1 win against FCO Dijon, there are currently only four points on the credit side.
During the week, Lyon suffered a 2-1 defeat at Montpellier in the catch-up game on the first match day (was postponed due to the CL participation). Midfield strategist Aouar flew off the pitch with a red card and was absent on Friday evening.
Memphis Depay was once again successful for Lyon, with the winger scoring four of the five goals of the season (one own goal).
In the French Ligue 1 there are usually two permanent relegations and the third last has to be relegated, but due to the special circumstances in the previous season, relegation was waived. The big beneficiary of this regulation is the Olympiques Nimes club, founded in 1901. At the time of the cancellation, Nimes was ranked 18th in the Ligue 1 table and should have turned the lap of honor.
Despite the happy stay in the league, the club’s management decided against further collaboration with long-term coach Bernard Blaquart. The 63-year-old was coach of the B-team from 2013-2015 before he was promoted to head coach and led Nimes back to Ligue 1 and celebrated relegation twice.
The new strong man in the relegation candidate is his previous assistant coach Jerome Arpinon. The 42-year-old is also a club legend and has worked in a wide variety of roles at Nimes (including as a physiotherapist). However, he is now working as head coach for the first time in his career.
Arpinon could not have dreamed of a better debut, in his first game as head coach Nimes swept over Stade Brest and celebrated a 4-0 victory. Thanks to the highest win on matchday one, the underdog even led the table.
This flight of highs was short-lived, however, as Nimes had to admit defeat to both Nantes and Stade Rennes in the last two league games. The many goals are striking in the previous games. In three games with Nimes participation, 13 goals were scored, which is currently the highest value in French Ligue 1.
Lyon vs Nimes head to head matches
06.12.19 L1 Nimes Lyon 0 : 4
24.05.19 L1 Nimes Lyon 2 : 3
19.10.18 L1 Lyon Nimes 2 : 0
08.05.93 L1 Lyon Nimes 0 : 1
28.11.92 L1 Nimes Lyon 2 : 3