Saint-Etienne vs Nice
2017/18 French Ligue 1
Date: Saturday, 5th August 2017
Kick off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Nice managed to make sort of an upset by going past Europa League runners-up Ajax to qualify for the playoffs stage in Champions League.
The atmosphere in the dressing room is thus at the maximum level ahead of the visit to Stade Geoffroy-Guichard for the first round of Ligue 1 clash with Saint-Etienne.
The hosts enjoyed a nice run in the first half of the last season, but the team has seen a huge slide in form ever since Europa League elimination to latter champions Manchester United.
Les Verts eventually came eighth at the end of the campaign and they are looking to improve this record in the new season which saw the arrivals of forwards Jorginho and Lois Dony.
The most recent friendlies are, however, not too encouraging for Oscar Garcia’s side as Les Verts failed to find the back of the net in consecutive defeats to Montpellier and Southampton.
Les Aiglons have been super inspired in the final third in both pre-season friendlies and Champions League ties with Ajax.
The achievement of eliminating Ajax is even greater if we know that Lucien Favre could not use Mario Balotelli in the rematch at Amsterdam Arena, but the likes of Arnaut Souquet and Vincent Marcel brought the team a huge success.
Saint-Etienne vs Nice: Head to head
Nice have been much more successful in the most recent history of head to head encounters with Saint-Etienne.
Les Aiglons won four consecutive games with Les Verts without conceding a single goal in each of the teams’ last three meetings.
Saint-Etienne vs Nice: Prediction
Nice have not been playing defense at all so far in the season which is why we would not be surprised to see both teams on target this Saturday at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Moreover, Balotelli should be back in the squad for the visitors and you can have him top score anytime at 15/8.
Saint-Etienne vs Nice: Bet Tips
The top bet is Nice to win & BTTS at 7/1.
You can also take Mario Balotelli to score anytime at the odds of 15/8.