Nice scored very early last week away at Angers and focused on killing the game afterwards (won 1-0). It is amazing how come a team with so many young players, and no world class talent, manages to be so confident and mature.
It seems this season Bodmer will try to coordinate the play in central midfield (usually a central defender). Last season Bodmer started as a forward in a couple of rounds, so he can definitely play on any position (not sure about keeper).
Only 2 rounds have been played so far, but some commentators already refer to Nice as the Barcelona of France. They are capable of fast and short passes that can easily dazzle opponents. Defensive-wise things are also looking good, as o far Nice have been very solid and are yet to concede.
The game against Dijon last week was surprisingly balanced and Lille were a bit lucky to score the winner in the final minutes (won 1-0).
Lille have problems in keeping possession in midfield and they are always in a hurry when building up play. Midfielders and fullbacks struggle hard to build scoring opportunities, but everything easily goes to waste since forwards are very predictable.
Creative midfielder Boufal missed again last round, but most probably he will transfer out pretty soon. Important forward Lopes also missed and is once again doubtful for this round.
Fullbacks Palmieri and Corchia will play a major role for Lille this season, but this strategy can easily backfire, as it happened in the first round away at Metz, when fullbacks were often caught on the wrong foot.
Lille have tremendous potential but aren’t clicking at the moment. On the other hand Nice are in full confidence and their playing style is very convincing. NICE -0.25 at 2.20
UPDATE: For Nice the only new change in comparison to last round is the presence of newly arrived defender Dante. Guests will have to do without defender Basa, midfielders Boufal, Obbadi and Mavuba, and forwards Lopes and Tallo.
Nice: Cardinale, Hassen – Baysse, Bodmer, Dante, Dalbert, Ricardo, Sarr, Souquet – Marcel, Cyprien, Koziello, Seri, Walter – Bosetti, Eysseric, Lusamba, Plea.
Lille: Enyeama, Maignan – Corchia, Palmieri, Béria, Civelli, Soumaoro, Sunzu, Pavard – Sankharé, Amadou, Amalfitano, Bissouma, Bauthéac, De Préville – Benzia, Eder, Mendes.