Nice will host Lyon at the Allianz Riviera in the Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Nice Match Form
Coincidentally, the two sides will face each other at the same venue in the French Cup on Thursday. Nice are 12th in the table, and they are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions. Nice’s last defeat came against Saint-Etienne in the first week of December. Their last two Ligue 1 games have ended as draws. Both Angers and Rennes snatched a 1-1 draw in those games. Nice are 11 points clear of 18th place, which is the relegation playoff position.
In their last game, Nice played Rennes and drew 1-1. Kasper Dolberg was the scorer for Nice, and he scored his sixth Ligue 1 goal since joining in the summer. The 22-year-old has shown promise, but he has not made a stark impact on the side. However, Nice’s attack has been great this season. They have scored 30 league goals, which is the same as Marseille in second place. Only Lyon, Monaco, and Paris Saint-Germain have scored more so far in the division.
If Nice tighten a bit on the defensive end, they could move higher in the table. Last season they finished seventh, which was a great achievement. Matching that finish looks to be very tough this campaign. Nice have a great home record, and their last home loss came way back in October when PSG beat them 4-1. Since then they have played eight times at home, winning six of them.
Lyon Match Form
Lyon have higher ambitions as they look to qualify for the Champions League again. They are in fifth place, and Rennes in third are five points clear as of now. After a slow start to the season, Lyon have picked themselves up. They have won thrice in their last five league games including a 3-0 win over Toulouse last Sunday. Maxwel Cornet, Moussa Dembele, and Karl Toko Ekambi got the goals in that game.
Toko Ekambi was signed from Valencia on loan this month, and he made an immediate impact off the bench. Lyon have won their last six games in all competitions. Four of those were in cup competitions, and Lyon recorded heavy victories in those matches. They beat Lille in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final to book a final date with PSG in April.
The head to head record between these two sides has been scattered in recent years. Nice have won twice in the last five matches whereas Lyon have claimed three wins. Lyon claimed a 2-1 victory in their previous encounter. Both sides received red cards in that game, but Lyon managed to eke out the win.
Nice vs Lyon French Cup Betting Tips
They will be the favorites again this time. Lyon should take the three points on Sunday and extend their winning streak. Both sides should score in this one, and the total goals should be over 2.5 in the game. However, Lyon have too much firepower and attack, and they will get the win.