Nice vs PSG by Lucien
Nice made a setback in their title race last weekend, as the team took only a point away from home against Toulouse in a 1:1 draw and now really need a miracle in order to get back into the title race. The side remained third, but now with six points less than PSG and Monaco, while the latter also have played a game less.
The team had much more of the ball possession in the first halftime, but created little number of chances, while the hosts improved their gameplay in the second halftime and took the lead in 56th via Jean. Even though the visitors responded right away, just three minutes later via Eysseric, they didn't find a way to revert the scoreline completely.
Nice should be using their kind of 4-2-3-1 formation, with Balotelli as central striker and Eysseric, Belhanda and Pereira as offensive support behind his back. Injured for this game remain central defender Maxim Le Marchand (10/0), midfielders Wylan Cyprien (29/8), Mounir Obbadi (5/0) and forward Alassane Plea (25/11).
Parisians, on the other side, didn't have many problems defeated Montpellier last Saturday evening as the team celebrated 2:0 victory without showing anything close to their full potential. Cavani brought them into the lead in 29th minute, while Di Maria scored at the start of second half and the hosts spent the rest of the game actually tring to save some energy.
With this three pointer which was their eight victory in Ligue 1 in a run, PSG remained behind Monaco at the table with a game more played as well, which means that they can't afford to drop points here. During the midweek, they progressed into the finals of French Cup with a routing 5:0 victory over Monaco that used many young and talented players in that clash in order to save their energy for next matches.
PSG is set to play in 4-3-3 formation, with Maria, Cavani and Draxler as forwards. Adrien Rabiot made his return from injury against Monaco in midweek, while injured remain defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak (11/0), left back Layvin Kurzawa (18/2) and offensive midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa (23/0).
PSG is closer in the title battle and surely remains as a side with more of individual quality and are favorites in my eyes. However, Nice is also very dangerous in attack and this it their last chance to move above from the third position, so we should expect quite an open performance from both teams. Both teams to score and over goals seems so likely in this case.