Nice were a bit lucky to get away with 1 point away at Lorient last round (finished 0-0).
Even against opponents that dominate Nice are able to build coherent actions, but everything goes down the drain when it comes to applying the finishing touch.
Striker Cvitanich missed last round and is also doubtful ahead of this game. Without him Nice have problems converting chances so they need to bring more players upfront in order to compensate, especially on home ground where the expectations are higher.
Newly arrived keeper Pouplin and central defender Diawara were only on the bench last round. Seeing they haven’t conceded there’s a good possibility that young and inexperienced Hassen will start again in goal for Nice.
Central defender Bodmer will miss again through injury.
Great start of the season for Bordeaux as they recorded another victory after destroying Monaco (won 4-1).
Things are looking wonderful both at the back and upfront. Newly arrived fullback Contento was in the lineup last week and besides delivering an assist his play reminded everyone of Tremoulinas who used to be a key player at Bordeaux.
With Traore being injured Argentinian Sala started in midfield and managed to score his first goal for Bordeaux.
Upfront there’s just no stopping the offensive trio Maurice Belay – Khazri – Rolan, especially with striker Diabate being very active and getting involved in fast paced actions or simply creating spaces.
Most probably Bordeaux will once again miss midfielders Jussie, Traore and forward Saivet.
Nice were very offensive in the first round against Toulouse. They were fortunate to score 3 times but against Bordeaux it won’t be that easy. Direct opponents for Bordeaux’s wingers Maurice Belay and Rolan will be young and hesitant fullbacks Puel and Amavi… Guests have the power to hold their ground and strike deadly on counters. Bordeaux -0.25 at 2.02
UPDATE: Striker Cvitanich is still sidelined. Bordeaux are without midfielder Plasil who is injured.
Nice: Hassen, Pouplin – Amavi, Diawara, Genevois, Gomis, Palun, G.Puel – Bauthéac, Eysseric, Hult, Koziello, Mendy, Vercauteren, Rafetraniaina – Bosetti, Honorat, Maupay
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Jug – Contento, Faubert, Mariano, Planus, Pallois, L.Sané – Kaabouni, Khazri, Maurice-Belay, Biyogo Poko, Sertic, D’Almeida – C.Diabaté, Sacko, Rolan, Sala, T.Touré