Boring game between Troyes and Gazelec Ajaccio last week and in the end Troyes were lucky to get away with a draw after opponents missed a penalty (finished 0-0).
With no notable transfers Toyes haven’t changed that much in comparison to last season. In the first round they had major difficulties in pushing the game forward, and remember they were up against a side that also promoted last season.
Winger Darbion was suspended and should return to the lineup this round, but one flower does not make spring and most probably Troyes will continue to struggle to build decent opportunities.
Fullback Mavinga arrived on loan from Rubin Kazan and he should go straight into the lineup.
Nice were very unlucky in the first round against Monaco (lost 2-1). It was expected for Nice to have problems defending the left side after fullback Amavi transferred out. Nice started the game with 17 years old Boscagli in the lineup but he was overwhelmed, made many mistakes and even got a red card.
Nice’s bad luck didn’t stop there as keeper Pouplin and central defender Bodmer suffered injuries and will sit out for a couple of rounds.
But all those absences won’t change the fact that Nice can be extremely dangerous upfront thanks to the trio Plea – Ben Arfa – Germain
Gomis and Hassen are reliable players who can replace Bodmer and keeper Pouplin. The only problem will once again be the left back position where coach Puel will have to improvise something really fast.
Happily for Nice their defensive problems can go unnoticed when up against an opponent who lacks creativity and speed. While Troyes will make efforts to reach opponents’ penalty box Nice can speculate on counters and take advantage of the open spaces. Nice +0.25 at 2.02
UPDATE: Guests’ coach Puel called young Correia to the squad and he should start on the left fullback position.
Troyes: Bernardoni, Petric – Karaboué, M.Koné, Martins Pereira, Mavinga, Othon, Saunier – Ayasse, Ben Saada, Camus, Court, Darbion, Pi, Nivet, Thiago – Cabot, Jean
Nice: Bernardoni, Petric – Karaboué, M.Koné, Martins Pereira, Mavinga, Othon, Saunier – Ayasse, Ben Saada, Camus, Court, Darbion, Pi, Nivet, Thiago – Cabot, Jean