Nice are surely frustrated after their loss away at Rennes last week (finished 2-1). Nice fully controlled the 1st half but relaxed a bit after the break and ended up conceding twice (the last goal came in the dying seconds).
Keeper Pouplin suffered an injury and was substituted by Delle who hasn’t played in a while and was a bit hesitant. Hopefully Delle will be more confident this week as Pouplin’s injury seems serious.
Nice were very active upfront and created many actions especially through one touch short passes that destabilized opponents. It’s been said before that Nice are extremely lively in the attacking phase mainly thanks to the young players involved.
Hosts will welcome back fullback Amavi after suspension.
When the season resumed after the winter break Caen were trashing opponents and scoring 4 goals per game but now they can’t reach the penalty box anymore. It looks like they have exhausted all their resources and can’t keep up with the Ligue1 rythm anymore. In these conditions a problematic end of the season is foreseen since they are only 1 point above the relegation zone.
Caen will have to do without suspended winger Bazile.
Both sides are eager to get back on the right track but Caen are too soft nowadays to be able to achieve their objective. Nice haven’t been getting results lately but they are producing good football and this is the perfect opportunity to distance themselves from the red zone. Nice -0.5 at 2.20
UPDATE: Besides fullback Amavi Nice will also welcome back midfielder Hassen. Guests will have to do without midfielder Feret (injured)
Nice: Hassen, Delle – Amavi, Bodmer, Genevois, K.Gomis, Palun, G.Puel – Carlos Eduardo, Digard, Eysseric, Hult, N.Mendy, Bauthéac – Pléa, Bosetti, Maupay, Honorat
Caen: Vercoutre, Perquis – Calvé, Appiah, Da Silva, Yahia, Musavu-King, Raineau, Imorou – Seube, Adéoti, N.Kanté, Nangis, Lemar, Benezet – Koïta, Sala, Privat