Exemplary mobilization from Nice last round when they won away at title candidates Lyon in 10 men (finished 2-1).
Maybe coach Puel is responsible for the extra efforts as he’s got an entire history with Lyon and playing against them is always a special event.
Thanks to this victory Nice ended a series of 4 consecutive defeats. But only one positive result after a game in which opponents continuously applied pressure but missed the net from a couple of yards is not exactly a real improvement…
Hosts will have no less than 4 suspended players: key midfielder Eduardo, forward Plea, fullback Palun and central defender Diawara. Experienced midfielder Digard will also miss after suffering an injury last round. On the other hand Nice will welcome back fullback Puel after suspension.
Evian are coming after a smart and pragmatic game against Montpellier (won 1-0). They let opponents take the initiative and defended lucidly throughout 90 minutes. Once in a while when the opponent got tired and took the foot off the gas Evian tried to speculate on counters. This strategy paid off as with a couple of minutes before the final whistle Evian managed to score the winner.
Guests will have to do without forward Duhamel (injured) and defender Kone (suspended). On the other hand they will welcome back defender Cambon after suspension. Winger Sunu and fullback Sabaly may also return after injury.
Most likely Evian will apply the same tactics against Nice and considering hosts aren’t exactly very creative in the offensive phase Evian’s strategy may once deliver results. Evian +0.5 at 1.97
UPDATE: Guests will be without Duhamel, Ramirez, Sabaly, Sorlin, Jon.Mensah, Hansen and Sunu. Same bet
Nice: Delle, Pouplin – Amavi, Bodmer, Boscagli, Correia, Genevois, R.Gomis, G.Puel – Albert, Bauthéac, Eysseric, Hult, Koziello, N.Mendy, Vercauteren – P.Puel, Benrahma, Bosetti, Maupay
Evian: B.Leroy, Durand – Abdallah, Nounkeu, Mongongu, Cambon, A.Angoula, Fall, Juelsgaard – Thomasson, Tejeda, Ninkovic, Wass, Barbosa – Sougou, Nsikulu, Nielsen, Blandi