Stadium: Allianz Riviera (Nice)
Nice are in the top five in Ligue 1 ahead of the 9th round, and now they have a great chance to consolidate their lead as they face one of the bottom sides in the league, Brestois. Should the Eagles be looking for an easy 3 points?
With the arrival of Christophe Galtier as head coach, Nice have transformed themselves into a Eurocup contender. The Club have made precise squad reinforcements, and it is no surprise that the Eagles are now fourth in the standings. In 5 games, the team has scored three wins, drawing with Monaco and losing to Lorient. However, the fans’ behaviour at the game with Marseille has also hurt Nice, and they will now play the game with Brestois with an empty stand. In addition, Kasper Dolberg and Justin Kluivert are out due to injury, and Alexis Claude Maurice, Robson Bambu, and Hicham Boudaoui could also be out. Youcef Atal is disqualified.
Last week, Christophe Galtier's side beat Saint-Etienne 3-0. As early as 16 minutes, Nice missed two good chances, but then they managed to bring their team to victory. However, with the scoreline at 0-1, the opponents could turn the game around, and the Eagles were lucky that Krasso missed the chance. Amine Gouiri made amends for two missed penalties in previous rounds with a goal, as did Calvin Stengs and Andy Delort.
There are only two clubs left in the current French championship that have not picked up their first win of the season - Saint-Etienne and Brestois. In 8 rounds, the team suffered four defeats, although they took points from Rennais and Lyon at the start of the season. The 15 conceded goals cannot be called entirely logical, but the Brestois players do not commit too many serious errors. The Pirates are 14th in terms of xG, so there’s still someone to knock from the bottom. As for squad problems, for Christophe Herelle, Paul Lasne, and Sébastien Cibois, the season has not started, and they will not be able to recover in time for the match against Nice. Liliane Brassier will also be out due to yellow cards.
In the last round of Ligue 1, Michel Der Zakarian’s side lost on home soil to Nice, 1-2.
Brestois had an opportunity to take the lead as early as the 10th minute, but Romain Del Castillo missed the ball. But the opponents took only six shots on goal, and the Pirates’ defence was penalized for even the slightest error. In the end, the hosts had a chance to restore the balance. This time, from a great position, Steve Mounié shot past the goal.
Expert Betting Tips
Nice, even despite the absence of two important attacking players, continues to create chances consistently, and against Saint-Etienne, they could well score 4-5 goals. Amine Gouiri and Andy Delort are ready to play at the edge of the attack. Calvin Stengs is in good form now. Brestois, though, will not give up easily, and last week they looked good in attack. The last head-to-head encounter was productive, and we should expect something similar now as well. I suggest betting on the following outcomes:
- Both teams to score + Total Over 2.5 goals for 2.05;
- Handicap 1 (-1) for 2.61;
- Both teams to score + W1 for 2.80.