Caen vs Nice by Lucien
Caen comes from fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions last weekend, as the team suffered 2:0 loss away from home against Nancy. It could be said that the team got easily outplayed, since the hosts made a strong start into the match and took the double lead already in 12th minute via goals from Mandanne and Diarra.
Players of Nancy took the lead and were satisfied with it, leaving the ball possession and ball control to the visiting side, but standing pretty well in the defense for the rest of the game. Guests had some chances and could have reduced the deficit at least, but remain nowhere close up to the level of Ligue 1 when speaking about scoring goals, which eased the job for the home team. Players of Caen have entered the relegation zone now, being at eighteenth position now with just three points more than rock bottom placed Lorient.
Hosts are set to play in 3-5-2 formation with Rodelin and Santini as strikers. Right full back Mouhamadou Dabo (2/0) is injured, as well as midfielder Julien Feret (10/1). Central defender Syam Ben Youssef (5/0), left back Emmanuel Imorou (6/0) and midfielder Yann karamoh (9/1) are doubtful for this one.
Nice is having perfect start in the season, at least as Ligue 1 is concerned about. The team comes from sixth straight consecutive victory, since they won over Nantes last weekend 4:1 at home. The team looked very strong at the beginning of the game and took the lead already in 9th minute via Cyprien, while Balotelli increased to 2:0 in 27th minute.
Players of Nice were more dominant during the whole game and continued being better in the second halftime as well, but the guests temporarily reduced in 47th minute via Sala, however soon enough the home team increased the tempo and sealed the victory with goals from Plea and another one from Cyprien. After this victory, Nice continued being first at the table having close to amazing record of nine victories and two draws for them, having six points more than second and third placed Monaco and PSG. During the midweek, they suffered 0:2 defeat at home against Salzburg in Europa League, having obviously set their targets within Ligue 1 for now.
Dalbert and Remi Walter could both return to the starting lineup. Four players are out and injured but neither of them being involved with a single playing minute this season. Doubtful is central defender Paul Baysse (9/2). They will be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Eysseric, Plea and Belhanda as forwards.
I wouldn't be worried much about Nice's performance last Thursday evening, since the team is having completely another story in Ligue 1. Caen is having difficulties in attack and I don't see them being specially threatening here, while the visitors have all the chanes to walk away victorious here. Odds are too good in my eyes.