This is really a bad moment for Nice who won only 1 point in the last 5 Ligue 1 rounds. They aren’t doing any better in Europa League, where they have been defeated in the last two games (both against Lazio).
Nice’s biggest problem is by far the defensive phase. They have one of the weakest defense in Ligue 1, with 1.72 goals conceded per game so far. But I guess this is normal when midfielders are more preoccupied with creating chances, instead of providing support for defenders.
In the attacking phase things are looking pretty good, and so far they have scored at least once in all Ligue1 home games.
Dijon improved lately and are sitting on 2 consecutive Ligue 1 victories. Last round forward Tavares scored his second goal this season and hopefully his confidence increased. He should be a key player, but lately he wasn’t very active and performed below expectations.
Last round was the first time this season when Dijon kept a clean sheet (won 1-0 against Nantes). But it happened mostly because the opponent wasn’t very aggressive in the attacking phase.
Hosts will be without keeper Cardinale, defender Marlon, midfielders Sneijder, Seri and Saint Maximin. Dijon will miss attacking players Jeannot, Said and Sliti.
Goals would have been an option here, but not when Dijon are crippled upfront and Nice still without best passer Seri.
Nice: Benitez, Clémentia – Jallet, Souquet, Sarr, Burner, Dante, Le Marchand – Koziello, Mendy, Lusamba, Tameze, Makengo, Walter, Lees-Melou – Srarfi, Balotelli, Plea.
Dijon: Allain, Reynet – Chafik, Djilobodji, Haddadi, Rosier, Varrault, Yambéré – Abeid, Amalfitano, Balmont, Kwon, Marié, Sammaritano, Xeka – Abdeljelil, Bahamboula, Tavares.