Caen got their first win in 2016 after a pragmatic game away at Montpellier (won 2-1). They were often cornered by opponents, but defended with confidence and managed to reject most incoming actions. Things won’t be the same in future rounds, as not all Ligue1 sides are as toothless as Montpellier…
Striker Delort finally scored his first goal in 2016 after a couple of shy performances. Hopefully this goal will be a confidence boost, as he is a key player for Caen.
It seems that 17 years old Makengo will be a regular from now on. He is a powerful player, but clearly lacks experience, and that can be decisive for a defensive midfielder.
Caen will miss suspended fullback Imorou.
Nice got a well deserved win after a convincing performance last week away at Lorient (finished 2-1). Nice visibly improved in all aspects of the game in comparison to recent performances.
Especially upfront Nice were more incisive and confident, even if coach Puel experimented a bit. Young forward Caddy made his first appearance after recently being promoted from the youth team. He was substituted later in the game by Walter, a young winger who joined recently from Nancy.
Nice are well known in France from promoting young players, so most probably we will see more of Caddy and Walter in the future.
It’s difficult to anticipate how this game will develop, especially since both side appear to be in good form and confidence. There is a good chance that possession will be evenly split, just like the points…
UPDATE: Caen will miss winger Bazile and defender Da Silva
CAEN: Vercoutre, Reulet – Appiah, Al.Yahia, Ben Youssef, Alhadhur – Adéoti, Diomandé, Seube, Makengo, Leborgne, Féret, Nkololo – Bessat, Delort, Rodelin, Louis, Ntibazonkiza
NICE: Hassen, Cardinale – Baysse, Le Marchand, Bodmer, Genevois, Pied, R.Pereira – Seri, Hult, Walter, N.Mendy, Koziello – Ben Arfa, A.Mendy, Germain, Honorat, P.Puel, Caddy