Nice are the trending subject nowadays when it comes to French football. They managed a truly impressive performance last round away at Guingamp (won 7-2).
Brazilian play-maker Carlos Eduardo netted five times and attracted the attention of major European clubs.
Nice got a bit carried away after the huge win and got surprised by Metz in the French Cup (3-3 after 90 minutes and lost at penalties). They were 3-0 down after only 20 minutes and it took a while for Nice to get back on the right track. The good news is that striker Cvitanich returned from injury and even managed to score. The goal came from penalty but even so it can do wonders when it comes to confidence.
Nice will miss central midfielder Digard who suffered an injury. His absence will affect first of all the defensive department.
Lyon were a bit lucky to win last round against Marseille (finished 1-0). There were many periods in which Lyon were under huge pressure and managed to escape only because opponents had problems in finding the target.
Midfielders Gourcuff and Gonalons were by far the best players for Lyon. Gourcuff was the one leading the attacking phase and Gonalons created a defensive wall by himself.
The problem is that defensive midfielder Gonalons is suspended for this round. Nice are scoring from all positions nowadays and without Gonalons Lyon are in for some hard times.
Lyon’s offensive players Lacazette and Fekir were kind of invisible last week but they should be more energetic against Nice who have mediocre Palun and Amavi to defend the flanks.
Both sides will miss an important defensive midfielder and also both sides have good offensive form and desire to continue the good run. An entertaining encounter is foreseen with at least three goals. Over 2.5 goals at 2.09
UPDATE: Lyon will miss attacking midfielder Gourcuff (injured) but replacement Malbranque is a reliable player. Same bet
Nice: Hassen, Pouplin – Amavi, Bodmer, S.Diawara, Genevois, K.Gomis, Palin, G.Puel – Carlos Eduardo, Eysseric, Hult, Koziello, N.Mendy, Rafetraniaina – Bauthéac, Bosetti, Cvitanich, Maupay, Plea
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – B.Koné, Bisevac, Tolisso, Bedimo, Jallet, Umtiti, Rose, Zeffane – Malbranque, Mvuemba, Bahlouli – Ghezzal, Lacazette, Njie, Fékir, M.Yattara