OGC Nice will look to thwart the league leaders when they host Paris Saint-Germain at the Allianz Riviera in Ligue 1 on Friday night.
Les Aiglons are currently 9th in the league table, with 13 points from 9 games. They lost to Nantes 1-0 in their last game before the international break and are set for another mid-table finish with the way things stand at the club.
Patrick Vieira, the Arsenal legend, is now in his second season as OGC Nice manager and this job is his first coaching stint in Europe. The Frenchman will target a better finish than 7th, which was where the club finished last season.
PSG’s visit offers the perfect chance to assess how far the team has come and whether the side has it in them to take on the big boys going forward.
Coming to the visitors, PSG is simply unstoppable in the league, considering the utterly vast gulf in resources between them and every other Ligue 1 side. They were the league winners in 6 of the last 7 seasons and usually condemn the rest to a battle for 2nd place.
Thus, Thomas Tuchel’s side is the favorite to win almost every game in the domestic front and this will be the case for the upcoming match against Nice. However, the gaffer could make a few changes considering the Friday kick-off to rotate the players who have travelled and played for their countries in the international break while keeping his key men fresh for the UEFA Champions League game against Club Brugge midweek.
Either way, PSG will look for nothing short of 3 points from this Ligue 1 game while Nice would aim for a result in front of their home fans.
In terms of team news, Nice will be without Youcef Atal with a suspension. Vieira will be without several defenders for the game with Christophe Jallet, Gautier Lloris, Christophe Herelle and Ibrahim Cisse all ruled out of the game. Stanley N’Soki is expected to be fit while midfielder Adam Ounas is ruled out until next month with a knee injury.
Meanwhile, Tuchel will be without Neymar for a while now, having picked a thigh injury on international duty. Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani are expected to be fit for the game. Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer also have a good chance of being ready in time for Friday.
Head-To-Head and Nice vs Paris Saint-Germain Betting Tips
Looking at head-to-head, Nice failed to win any of their previous 4 encounters with PSG. However, they did manage to draw the most recent one and that should serve as a boost for the team. Further, there were no stalemates in the last 7 meetings at this ground, with the home side winning 2 while the visitors won 5, including the most recent one where Neymar starred with a brace.
In the past 5 meetings between the duo, both teams scored in 3 of them and this is likely to repeat this time around.
Coming to form, Nice is winless in the last 3 games with a pretty toothless attack, which has scored just 12 goals in 9 games. On the other hand, Le Parisiens have scored 17 goals in the same number of matches and have won 4 of their last 5 league games.
Thus, PSG is the favorite to win the game and looking at recent form, Tuchel’s side can be expected to pick all 3 points.
OGC Nice Predicted XI: Benitez; Burner, Pelmard, Dante, Sarr; Lusamba, Cyprien, Lees-Melou; Maolida, Claude Maurice, Dolberg
PSG Predicted XI: Navas; Herrera, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Gueye, Paredes, Verrati; Mbappe, Cavani, Di Maria