Nice vs Metz
French Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 15th January, 2017
Kick off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice.
The attention this Sunday in France will be on Nice who as league leaders will be obliged to continue their run as Monaco and PSG try and close the gap. But can Nice continue to win? That’s the question posed with all the media and fans in France.
The current form of Nice is not the best where from their last 3 games they drew two of those, but they have still earned 11 points from their last 15. The biggest disappointment for the club though was again failing in a cup competition. First it was the Europa League then the Coupe de la Ligue and last weekend they were knocked out of the Coupe de France by the side that are bottom of Ligue 1, Lorient.
Nice though are at home where they have won 8 games from the 10 played and are still unbeaten. Striker Mario Balotelli is suspended for this game after his red card in their last league match.
Metz are out of both cup competitions and have lost 4 out of their last 5 away games, they have conceded 9 goals in their last three matches on the road. Metz received a hammer blow by the French Football Federation this past week as they were deducted 2 points, which moved them down to 19th place. The reason was the firecracker incident from a fan that led to the abandonment of their match against Lyon a few weeks ago.
Nice vs Metz: Head to Head Stats
Metz have not won this fixture for 11 years and the last time the teams met earlier this season Nice ran out 4-2 winners at Metz. Though Metz have claimed some draws at Nice they have failed to beat them in recent memory.
Nice vs Metz: Prediction
It would be a huge shock if Metz were to get something from this game. Nice are very strong at home and have had more time to prepare for the game than their opponents. Home win.
Nice vs Metz: Betting Tips
Nice to beat Metz at 1/2 (1.50)
Nice to score at least 2 goals at 6/10 (1.60).