France Ligue 1 – Nancy v Nice Preview (25/9/16)

asnl-niceNancy preview

  • After losing their first three games, Nancy have hit back with a three match unbeaten run.
  • A return to defensive tactics seems to have worked and they've looked much more solid in the last couple of weeks.
  • Left back Vincent Muratori is injured, along with midfielder Youssef Ait Bennasser. Everyone else is available apart from new signing Alou Diarra who still lacks match fitness.
  • Facing a team like Nice, the hosts are likely to again prioritise organisation and defence. A draw would be seen as acceptable.

Nice preview

  • Les Aiglons are the only remaining unbeaten side in Ligue 1 and a win would put them back to the top of the table.
  • New signing Mario Balotelli has scored four goals in two ligue games and made an instant impression. He’s ruled out of this match due to injury though.
  • Everyone else, bar long term casualties are available though and Nice are brimming with confidence.
  • This will be just their third away game of the season and they weren’t totally convincing in their previous two.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • This is likely to be a tight and tactical match, potentially low scoring.
  • Nancy have obtained better results since they improved defensively, so coach Pablo Correa is unlikely to change things, especially against an in-form side.
  • Nice have started the season brilliantly, but they now have a big target on their back and everyone will raise their game against them.
  • The influential Mario Balotelli will be missed and Nice haven’t been too convincing on the road yet this season.
  • Nancy are slight favourites on a DNB handicap and this is about fair. One goal either way from a set piece could decide this game.
  • Overall, I’m happy to avoid betting on this affair because I’m not sure about the outcome.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: None