Nice vs Nantes
French Ligue 1 – 2016/17
Date: Sunday, 30th October 2016,
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK.
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice.
Nice has been a real surprise package this season as they remain as the only unbeaten side in this season’s Ligue 1. Their biggest scalp so far this season is the 4-0 thumping of Monaco at home on matchday 6, which started their excellent run of 5 wins in a row. They might not have the star names like PSG, but seems set for a fairly run like Leicester City’s in last season’s English Premier League.
The good news for Nice is that Mario Balotelli is available for selection after missing the 4-2 win against Metz through a groin injury. However, this will give Lucien Favre plenty of head-ache as Alessane Plea who replaced Balotelli in the last two fixtures scored four goals in two starts including a hat-trick against Metz.
Nantes on the other hand made a poor start to their season campaign by picking up just 5 points from their first 7 matches. They were inside the relegation zone at that point, but 2 wins from the next two helped them to move up the table. But they loss again on matchday 10 at home to Rennes and are currently 14th on the log. And only 1 points separate them from the relegation zone.
Nice vs Nantes: Head-to-Head Stats
Nantes are unbeaten in the last 6 matches against Nice in all competitions, with 4 wins and 2 draws. They earned a 2-1 win in the corresponding fixture at Nice last season and 1-0 win in the reverse fixture at home.
The defeat at home last season is Nice’s only defeat in Ligue 1 at Allianz Rivera in 9 matches. However, there were 6 draws during the period and Nice picked up 2 wins.
Nice vs Nantes: Prediction
Nice’s recent results are against the odds and they look like a side who can carry on the good run. Also, the head-to-head stats can be excluded and attention shall be paid to their current form. Nantes despite having a good record against Nice, are coming on the back of some poor results. And the position close to relegation zone is something that adds extra pressure. They haven’t thrived under pressure so far and Sunday won’t different.
Nice vs Nantes: Betting Tips
Nice to beat Nantes at 2.00 (1/1)
Over 1.5 goals for Nice at 2.10 (11/10).