The game between St Etienne and Nice last round was not that one sided as the scoreline suggests (St Etienne won 5-0).
Nice even created a couple of important scoring opportunities but opponents’ keeper was in excellent form and made sure the sheet stays clean.
In defense however there were many issues as players couldn’t keep up with the fast paced rythm imposed by opponents. Central defender Genevois suffered an injury early in the game and was substituted by Gomis who was too slow and undecided. Most probably Genevois will sit out this round and we should expect another game full of errors from Gomis.
It seems that Lens aren’t even able to relegate in style and make amends with fans for the lost season. Besides being defeated by Montpellier last round (finished 1-0) Lens also lost keeper Riou due to injury and central defender Landre who will be suspended. Seeing they are also without motivation the defensive phase should be at an amateurish level this round.
Lens will welcome back key midfielder Valdvia after suspension and the attacking potential should receive a major boost. Valdivia has been involved in most of Lens’ actions this season and without him on the field Lens would have been relegated a couple of rounds after the winter break…
Last game on home turf for Nice and they will be eager to bounce back after the shameful loss last week. Lens can prove to be the perfect opponent, especially since they miss two important defensive players. But on the other hand Nice have their own defensive problems that can be speculated even by an already relegated side. Over 2.5 goals at 2.00
UPDATE: Bad news for Nice as they will miss central defender Genevois and possible replacement Gomis. 17 years old defender Boscagli is in the squad instead… Lens are still without defenders Kantari and Baal
Nice: Delle, Hassen – Amavi, Bodmer, Boscagli, Palun, G.Puel – Albert, Bauthéac, Digard, Carlos Eduardo, Eysseric, Hult, Koziello, N.Mendy – Honorat, Bosetti, Maupay, Pléa
Lens: Atrous, Belon – Ab.Ba, Boulenger, Gbamin, Lecoeuche, Moore, B.Sylla – Cyprien, El Jadeyaoui, Le Moigne, Valdivia – Chavarria, Ad.Coulibaly, Madiani, Touzghar