It’s been a difficult start of the season for Nice who failed to pick any points in LIgue 1, and have minimum chances to qualify in Champions League groups, after losing 2-0 away at Napoli.
The good news is that Nice assured the services of veteran midfielder Sneijder. His experience should be enough for making the difference against mediocre opponents. Forwards Balotelli is also available for action for the first time this season, and the attacking strength should considerably increase.
Last round Guingamp resisted without conceding in the first half against PSG. But the pressure intensified after the break and they couldn’t deal anymore with Neymar and Cavani (PSG won 3-0).
Guingamp’s biggest strength is undoubtedly the ability to take opponents by surprise. Wingers Coco and Salibur impress with their speed, while veteran forward Briand is the perfect link between them.
Unfortunately, as we could see last round, Guingamp can’t deal with prolonged pressure, especially if the opponents is highly skilled.
Guests will miss important winger Salibur.
Nice will be very determined in order to get win their first points in 2017. With Balotelli and Sneijder in the lineup we will see a totally different side. NICE -0.5 at 2.06
Nice : Cardinale, Benitez – Souquet, Burner, Le Marchand, M.Sarr, Jallet, Dante – Tameze, Seri, Lees-Melou, Sneijder, Walter, Koziello – Srarfi, Saint-Maximin, Plea, Balotelli
Guingamp : Johnsson, Caillard – Sorbon, Kerbrat, Ikoko, Rebocho, Martins Pereira – Phiri, Deaux, Giresse, Mo.Diallo, Blas, E.Didot, Benezet, A.Camara – Coco, Thuram, Briand