Nice vs Angers by Lucien
Nice ended their twelve matches undefeated streak last Sunday evening as the team suffered 2:1 defeat away to Marseille, staying without much of competitive motive in last three hours, while their opponents from Marseille are still chasing the Europa League exit.
It was quite an open and interesting game last weekend, as the home team looked more concrete in attack, but the game generally could have ended with a different result on some other day. Hosts took the lead first in 21st minute via Gomis, while Balotelli responded at the start of the second halftime, with Evra sealing the deal in 66th minute to secure a three pointer for Marseille. Nice is now six points behind PSG and their only motive now is to show their best in the last round of Ligue 1 in front of their own audience.
Nice should be playing in offensive 4-3-3 formation, with Belhanda and Donis as wingers, plus Balotelli as central striker. Left back Dalbert (32/0) is suspended for this one, while injured remain central defender Maxime Le Marchand (9/0), right back Ricardo Pereira (23/2), midfielder Mounir Obbadi (6/0), forwards Alassane Plea (25/11), Wylan Cyprien (29/8) and Mickael Le Bihan (10/3).
Angers, on the other side, comes from a point taken last Saturday evening as the team took a 1:1 draw away to Lorient in the most recent game. This point comes as a morale boosting one for them, since the team previously had five consecutive defeats in Ligue 1.
Players of Lorient were little better in the first halftime, but couldn't convert chances into goals, while the second halftime started with a goal from Philippoteaux in 63rd minute, while the guests responded well and leveled up in 72nd minute via Manceu, having some more chances to completely revert the scoreline, but the change never came. Angres remained at fourth position, with seven points more than relegating placed Dijon and remaining with a French Cup finals against PSG later this month.
Angers is also set to play in kind of a 4-3-3 formation, using Berigaud, Diedhiou and Ekambi most likely as forwards. Central defender Mateo Pavlovic (12/1) continues to serve suspension, while injured are forward Billy Ketkeophomphone (5/1), left back Yoann Andreu (16/0), while doubtful remain defender Gregory Bourillon and midfielder Jamel Salihi.
- Nice have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 home matches (Ligue 1).
Nice is missing here some options in attack, but still remains highly quality side in offense. They should be able to overcome the opponent and finish the season in style in front of own fans against a side that could easily be indifferent here, with the French Cup finals still to come.