Nice vs Nantes: prediction for the Ligue 1 match
In the previous season Nice failed to put up a satisfying performance and results. Moreover, team completely failed the most of home matches at the tournament, they lost to almost everyone at home.
During the summer Christophe Galtier took the charge of the team and he managed to improve team's results. After 20 rounds of the current season The Gym have 11 victories and four draws, which brought 36 points and a 2nd spot in the standings. Before today's match they are 11 points adrift from the leader.
We should note that team has the second-best defensive line in the league, they conceded less than one goal per game. In three most recent matches The Red-Blacks beat Rennes (2:1), Lens (2:1) and Brest (3:0).
The Eaglets also got off to a successful start in the French Cup, after a narrow victory over Cholet (1:0) southerners advanced into the round of 16 in that competition and now they will face Ajaccio on January 30.
Atal, Lemina and Robson Bambu won't feature in that match.
After the previous season, in which Nantes barely avoided relegation, team is looking impressive not only by their results, but also by their performance. Since the first rounds of the current Ligue 1 tournament visitors are fighting for every point, which may turn out to be decisive at the end of the season.
After 20 rounds of the current season the eight-time champion of France has eight victories and five draws, which brought 29 points and a 9th spot in the standings. Team's defensive line is looking great, they conceded less than one goal per game on average, The Yellow-Greens also have great offensive potential.
The Canaries ended the 2021 year with victories over Lorient (1:0), Lens (3:2) and Saint-Etienne (1:0). Team started the new year with a home match against Monaco, which ended in a goalless draw (0:0).
Antoine Kombouare's men got off to a successful start in the French Cup, they beat Sochaux (1:0 on pens) and Vitre (2:0) in first matches.
Cyprien won't play due to a muscle injury, also a number of players are away on Africa Cup of Nations - Traore, Simon, Coulibaly and Castelletto.
This bet played in 3 out of 4 most recent matches of Nice
This bet played in 4 out of 6 most recent away matches of Nice
Penalties were given in 2 out of 5 most recent head-to-head matches
Hosts won three most recent head-to-head matches
Nantes significantly improved in recent rounds, they are currently on a six-game unbeaten run. Nice have four consecutive victories and now team is in a great form. The Canaries are a comfortable opponent for the southerners, so we think that the Eaglets will put up a satisfying performance for their fans. Hosts also need to avoid mistake in order to keep the 2nd spot in the standings. We are expecting a success from the hosts due to a higher class and bigger motivation.
Our prediction - Nice to win the match
In 2 out of 3 most recent head-to-head matches The Gym recorded victories by just one goal and we are expecting the same result this time - The Canaries are in a great form, so they should be able to put up a fight.
Our second bet is on Nice to win by one goal