Thursday, 13 April 2017

Nice - Nancy

PICK: Nice AH -0,75 @1,90 PINNACLE 4/10

Let's be realistic. Odds are not, in my opinion. On Saturday, at 17:00 on Allianz Riviera, 3rd placed Nice will host 17th placed Nancy. 

Nice who lost points in away matches with Rennes and Nantes and home match against Caen, is in position where they cannot afford any mistakes if they want to stay involved in battle for league tittle. Balotelli will miss the match because of yellow cards, Plea is injured, which means that we can expect Bihan in attack, or maybe Favre will prepare someone else for that position. With 70 points after 32 matches, people are fascinated by result of this team, and no it's not because of Balotelli. I'm not saying that he didn't have impact on the team, but he missed a lot of matches, and they won a lot of points also without him. They have shown in Lille how much do they care about the teams in relegation battle. With win against Bordeaux at home, they proved a lot for me as well, and I still believe in this team. Favre is unique manager, and his Nice is playing very good. Except Balotelli and Plea, he is also without Cyprien, and it's obvious that with three players of this calibre, they would be much stronger, but in my opinion they are still decent side for matches as this one is against Nancy. Besides, they had problems with injuries all the time. Baysse is injured 3/4 of the season, they were without Ricardo Pereira for months, they missed Belhanda on some important matches, Eysseric was injured as well, Seri was on African cup, but they are 3rd, battling with amazing squads of PSG and Monaco. 

Nancy is among the teams, who will need to catch some points if they will want to stay in Ligue 1. Their important win against Rennes (3-0) was not as good as it could be. Experienced defender Muratori picked up an injury and he won't be able to help Nancy till the end of the season. Moreover Ait Bennasser and Badila are still injured, while Correa cannot count on probably one of the biggest young prospects of the team - Maouassa who assisted for two goals against Rennes, due to suspension. Although one of the best individuals of the team, young Clement Lenglet left the team in winter transfer market.

It's true that Nancy is seeking points to avoid the relegation battle, but on the other hand Nice is 39 points above them! Nancy cannot reach 70 points in 2 seasons, and Nice did it in this season. They are playing with lots of confidence, buildup from back, with lot of passes, dangerous with through balls, over wings, but they might have problems with teams doing pressure on them. Nancy is not among them. They will stay back, wait for some counters, but Correa will have some difficulties how to fill the gap on left side of the team. On the other hand I am sure that Nice, who has both Ricardo and Soquet on this side will try to exploit them right here and I believe that they won't have special problems at home. As Seri said, Allianz Riviera became something special, fans are amazing, and I am sure that Nice will stay in battle with Monaco and PSG for now.

FT: 3-1

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