Although Sochaux were dominated they made a good game last round against PSG (1-1). The defensive organization was really impressive and PSG’s stars worth hundred of millions could barely find some open spaces.
Upfront they could not be that convincing as past rounds, but still threatened the champions with actions initiated on the flanks by either Corchia or Contout.
It won’t be easy for Sochaux to salvage this season especially with the limited time available (3 rounds to go and 4 points difference) but they certainly seem determined to die trying and at the moment they are the most committed players in Ligue1.
Sochaux will have to do without central midfielder Sinkala who is suspended but will welcome back defender Carlao after suspension.
Even if they won Nice were far from convincing last round against Reims (1-0). Upfront Cvitanich is simply unrecognizable in this second part of the season and there are almost no chances for him to pick up form in the remaining 3 rounds.
Wingers and attacking midfielder Eysseric are the only ones creating a fuss in the attacking phase but most the times it’s not enough, that is why whenever Nice manage to score it is only 1 goal per game.
Last round Nice concentrated mainly on the defensive phase and the support coming from midfielders was constant and prompt. But we have to be fair and specify that the opponents (Reims) had reduced offensive abilities.
The season is over for Nice and there are absolutely no reasons for them to push beyond limits and make extra efforts. Not only that, but also Sochaux’s increased determination should tilt the balance. Sochaux to win at 2.04
UPDATE: Nice will welcome back central midfielder Traore after injury.
Sochaux: Y.Pelé, Pouplin – Faussurier, L.Zouma, C.Kanté, Marange, Corchia, Sunzu, Carlão – Prcic, Ilaimaharitra, Boukari, Roudet, Contout, Guerbert, Doubaï – Mayuka, J.Ayew, Bakambu
Nice: Hassen, Ospina – Amavi, Bodmer, Genevois, Kolodziejczak, Palun, Pejcinovic, G.Puel – Abriel, Bruins, Brüls, Eysseric, Mendy, Pied, Traoré – Bauthéac, Cvitanich, Maupay