Nîmes predictions with latest odds and stats
- Number of Bets: 37
- Winning Bets: 18
- Average Odds: 2.23
- Overall Stake : 270
- Profit: 272.65
- Yield: 0.98 %
Barely managing to avoid relegation in the previous season, this year doesn’t look too promising for Nimes Olympique. In fact, they’re seen as one of the more likely teams to be relegated this year, which is not good for morale. With average odds of 67.00 for a Top 3 Finish, it doesn’t look like top online bookmakers are feeling too optimistic either. A new manager was also appointed after two years with Bernard Blaquart leaving and Nimes local Jérôme Arpinon replacing him. Combined with the host of changes to their player lineup, it’s clear that Nimes understand that changes need to be made if they wish to see more success.
Nimes Key Players
Being a relatively small team with a modest budget, Les Crocodiles mostly relied on drafting in young players from Ligue 2. Examples include central midfield Lamine Fomba, defensive midfielder Lucas Deaoux, and centre-forward Moussa Koné. On the flip side, the summer has also been marked by several notable departures to other Ligue 1 clubs such as Téji Savanier to Montpiller and Faitout Maouassa who went to Rennes. The worrying trend is that these transfers seem more concerned with coming out with a net positive than preparing a competitive squad for the season. On the flip side, Nimes were proactive in the transfer window going into the 2020/21 season, which makes it clear that they’re willing to make well-needed changes.
The Crocodiles are the club based in southern France. Located neatly between the Mediterranean Sea and Cevennes mountains, Nimes has a regional rivalry with Toulouse. The proximity of two cities fuelled a long-standing rivalry between the two clubs which is universally referred to as the Derby du Languedoc. Also known as the Derby de l’Herault, this rivalry has been reignited with Nimes returning to the top flight of French football. Nimes matches generate plenty of attention from a supporter’s point of view. Their most affectionate and loyal fans are known as the Gladiators. The name refers to the club’s rich history which dates back to the Roman Empire.
The Crocodiles were founded in 1901 under the name of Sporting Club Nimois (SCN). The club was originally intended for young Protestants only but grew into a wider football organisation following World War I. It was in April 1922 that SCN united with another Nimes-based side – F.A. Nimois. Despite their initial success which saw the club win a place in the highest championship of French football at the time – Division d’Honneur – Nimes suffered dire financial problems and abandoned all activities in 1937.
SCN ceased to exist and the club then moved to the district of Lozere-Gard, when a local businessman restructured the club under the name it uses today – Nimes Olympique. Nimes play their home matches at Stade des Costieres in front of 18,480 people. Before the kick-off of every home game, an extract of George Bizet’s opera Carmen is played which is an interesting and unusual detail for a football club.