Nice were under mild domination for most of the game last week away at Caen (lost 2-0). Opponents scored very early and Nice seemed to be very anxious each time when going upfront.
Forwards Ben Arfa and Germain lacked patience and constantly tried speed up the play. The other players simply went along and Nice made many mistakes, especially in the attacking phase.
This is a unique opportunity for Nice to qualify for a place in Europe at the end of the season, so maybe this is why they are so anxious and eager to find the net.
Toulouse are coming after 5 consecutive defeats (Cup included), games in which they were often dominated and cornered.
Last week Toulouse woke up only after opponents took the lead. Still, in-spite of constant efforts to push the game forward, Toulouse lacked creativity and couldn’t find the net from open play. They had two penalties and could have won a point, but forward Ben Yedder missed the second penalty in the dying moments of the game (lost 2-1 against Guingamp).
The defeat and the missed penalty will surely diminish Toulouse’s confidence level, that was already affected by recent results.
Guests will have to do without defender Diop who is suspended.
It is always great when players are fired up and determined, but sometimes this can backfire as players can become anxious and won’t always make the right decision. Hopefully Nice relaxed a bit these days and are ready to take advantage of Toulouse’s fall. Nice -0.5 at 2.20
UPDATE: Nice will miss central defender Bodmer who once again suffered an injury
Nice: Hassen, Cardinale – Baysse, Le Marchand, Genevois, Pied, R.Pereira, Boscagli – Seri, Hult, Walter, Wallyson, N.Mendy, Koziello – Ben Arfa, A.Mendy, Germain, P.Puel, Caddy
Toulouse: Goicoechea, Lafont – Somalia, W.Matheus, Spajic, Tisserand, Moubandjé, Yago – Akpa-Akpro, Blin, Didot, Regattin, Sirieix, Trejo, Machach, T.Doumbia – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic