Nice comes from a pretty difficult game last weekend when they hosted Rennes in a 1:1 draw. They took the lead in the 47th minute via Dolberg, after quite a balanced first halftime, as the second part remained in a similar way.
It didn’t look like Rennes will actually score, but they did it in the 81st minute via Tait, probably sealing a fair outcome in the end.
The game had quite a bunch of semi-chances overall, but probably ending with a fair result. This way they remained undefeated in Ligue 1 having now five consecutive matches with no loss, but at the moment staying only in the middle of the table.
Les Aiglons are now just four points behind Europa League placed Montpellier and a victory here remains a target for sure, in order to get involved in the race for the European tickets.
The hosts will miss injured right midfielder Atal (13/1), plus unfit left-back Durmisi (1/0). Defender Lloris (3/0) is doubtful, the same as midfielder Lusamba (10/1).
Lyon appeared with a far more effective performance last weekend in a 3:0 victory at home over Toulouse. The team had a commanding role for the most for the clash, having a lot more of the ball possession and looking sharper.
Needs to be said, Toulouse had their chances too but weren’t effective as their opponents were. Cornet brought them into the lead in the 29th minute, while it was easier for Lyon to play since then, using the defensive gaps easier from then on.
Goals from Dembele in the 71st and Ekambi six minutes later have sealed the victory for the host. It was a second consecutive victory for them, as they now stand just a point behind fourth Montpellier.
The guests can’t count at injured right-back Dubois (13/0), left-back Kone (11/0), offensive midfielder Reine-Adelaide (14/2) and forward Depay (13/9). Forward Terrier (17/0) is unfit and remains doubtful for the moment, while goalkeeper Lopes (20/0) remains questionable too.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Lyon’s last 6 away games (Ligue 1).
Lyon continued the momentum with a good performance against Toulouse, but aren’t that much of a favorite against Nice. The hosts are playing really well in attack recently and with the vulnerability Lyon has at the back all season long, it’s only logical to see both teams scoring here, maybe even more than once.
These two already met last Thursday night and with this match being maybe even more important, it’s only logical to see the even better and more interesting clash.