Nice made a pragmatic game last week away at Montpellier. Opponents seemed more pushy and creative, but Nice successfully converted most their chances and won the game (finished 2-0).
It is no coincidence that Nice got back on the right track as soon as forward Ben Arfa returned from injury. He is the kind of player that can change the fate of a game on his own, the kind of player that is constantly pushing and inspiring teammates.
Nice haven’t been very convincing lately, but they are extremely down to earth and managed to take advantage of every single mistake. They don’t lose time with useless passes in midfield, instead they are constantly looking for the opportunity to create tunnels and numerical superiority.
Hosts will once again miss central defender Bodmer, who may be joined on the sidelines by defender Le Marchand (doubtful).
Although Gazelec Ajaccio held more possession last week against Caen, they haven’t created that many opportunities, and in the end they were lucky to get all the points (won 1-0).
Gazelec is pretty close to the relegation zone, but the situation is not exactly worrying as they aren’t desperate for points (7 points difference), and afford to have a defensive approach.
Except hard efforts Gazelec Ajaccio don’t really excel in anything, but that may be enough for assuring another season in Ligue1.
Nice will be the ones controlling the game, no doubt about that, but if opponents won’t adventure upfront, hosts will have a hard time trying to find some open spaces, regardless their efficiency as of late.
UPDATE: No surprises in Nice’s squad
Nice: Cardinale, Hassen – Baysse, Genevois, Le Marchand, Pied, Ricardo – Hult, Koziello, N. Mendy, Seri, Dada, Wallyson, Walter – Ben Arfa, Germain, Honorat, A.Mendy, Plea