[pullquote]With the current attitude of Nice there’s not long until the good results will stop. And now Evian have what it takes to put an end. With collective efforts guests can compensate for their shaky defense. 1.83 double chance on Evian is just too high.[/pullquote]After the great win versus PSG, Nice began too relax. Someway or another they still got good results but luck was on their side. Take last round for example when they played against a 9 men Rennes… The upper half of the team started to create less and not pose any threat. The defense is to slow now and always caught on the wrong foot. Central defenders that are usually the strongest part of this team, now are easily bypassed and fail to anticipate opponents’ moves. They could a bit tired as they were also involved in a couple of Cup games, but still they are professional players and should act accordingly, maybe coach Puel should give them a lecture or something to get everyone to make more efforts and be more determined.
Evian was the pleasant surprise last round. They manage to add a victory to their shady home record. That was not all, the way they played should be mentioned, as they totally controlled the game from beginning to end. Offensive midfielder Barbosa is just amazing, he’s 36 but always makes double efforts in comparison to his teammates. His vision and experience make him an opponent to be feared by anyone in Ligue1. Forward Khelifa found some rhythm and showed playing appetite after he was injured for about 1 month. It’s not all milk and honey as the defense is by far the weakest part of the team. In every round it’s the same story: like they’re playing together for the first time. No coordination, no understanding, no nothing. Fullback Wass is still injured. This guy is full of energy and his aplomb will surely be missed.
With the current attitude of Nice there’s not long until the good results will stop. And now Evian have what it takes to put an end. With collective efforts guests can compensate for their shaky defense. 1.83 double chance on Evian is just too high.