Nice vs Bordeaux by Lucien
As the season progresses and goes towards it's end, it's obvious that Nice can't keep up the pace with two strongest sides in the country - PSG and Monaco. After a great season, they now had two consecutive draws and the team is probably done with the title race as they now have seven points less than leaders from Monaco and four less than second placed PSG.
However, there's no doubt that they won't surrender till the end, especially as they can avoid playing in the Champions League qualifiers in case the team ends up second at the table. Last time out, the side took a only a point in a 1:1 draw away to Nantes now almost two weeks ago. Their opponents took the lead in 22nd via Sala, with the visiting side leveling up the result in 28th via Seri, however without having many chances later on, despite having ball to their feet for the most of the game.
Midfielder Remi Walter (18/0) is doubtful for the home team, while they continue to miss injured central defender Paul Baysse (21/2), offensive midfielder Wylan Cyprien (29/8) and forward Alassane Plea (25/11).
Bordeaux, on the other side, isn't looking poor this season, far away from it, but the side misses something more in order to catch up with the best teams in the league and actually fights for European positions. Currently, they are at sixth position at the table in Ligue 1, having just four points less than Europa league placed Lyon.
This means that they remain close to must win situation in every single game if they are to compete in European battle, as the side comes from a very good performance and impressive 5:1 victory at home against Montpellier two weeks ago. Their guests had more of the ball possession, but the players of Bordeaux proved once again to be very concrete in attack and scored three inside the first halftime via Rolan, Sankhare and Vada (from penalty kick). Boudebouz reduced the deficit, but the hosts scored twice more towards the end, via Rolan again and Malcom. Their doing fine job on the road with 5-5-4 record so far, implementing a bit more offensive football for French standards away from home and no doubt that they will try with similar tactics.
Central defender Nicolas Pallois (26/2) is suspended, while injured remain left back Maxime Poundje (7/0), offensive midfielder Thomas Toure (6/0) and midfielder Abdou Traore (6/0).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Bordeaux's last 7 games (Ligue 1).
I expect this match to be quite an open one, more than the bookies believe. Nice needs to get a victory and have offensive power, however Bordeaux is one of more open minded teams on the road and definitely believe they are able to score, maybe not only once.