Nice hosts Nantes in round 21 of French Ligue 1. The match will be played on Friday, January 14th at Allianz Riviera (Nice)
Christophe Galtier's team is in 2nd position in the French Ligue 1 standings with 36 points. Nice gained eleven victories and four draws and suffered five losses in 20 matches. After a slight decline with three matches without a win, the Eaglets improved their results in the following games. They beat Cholet in the French Cup (1-0) and dealt with Rennes (1-2) and Lens (2-1) in Ligue 1. On January 9, the Red-Blacks hammered Brest on the foreign pitch (0-3). An early goal from Kasper Dolberg gave Nice an advantage, and in the 2nd half, Andy Delort and Amine Gouiri brought the score to a big one. Curiously, the Eaglets were one man down from the 20th minute after Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off.
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Antoine Kombouare's team is in 9th place in the standings with 29 points. Nantes has eight victories, five draws, and even defeats after 20 rounds. The Canaries also gained quite a good momentum in recent weeks. The Yellow-Greens are successfully performing in the French Cup, where they coped with Sochaux (0-0 and 5-4 on penalties) and Vitre (2-0) and made it to the 1/8 finals. On January 9, Nantes players extended their unbeaten streak to six matches in all competitions, sharing points with Monaco in the Ligue 1 home match (0-0). Yes, the Canaries did not manage to score but kept a clean sheet in the 4th consecutive match.
Nice can boast of three consecutive victories over Nantes in the French championship. The last of those wins happened this season. On September 12, Galtier's players defeated the Canaries in the match of the 5th round (0-2). The goals were scored by Kasper Dolberg and Amine Gouiri. Nice is the favorite of the upcoming game as well. Galtier's team has a more solid selection of players, and the lineup of the visitors is weakened by the departure of several leaders for the African Cup of Nations. Another circumstance in favor of the Eaglets is the statistics of Nantes in away matches. The Canaries gained only three victories in ten away matches, beating the representatives of the lower part of the standings — Angers (1-4), Lorient (0-1), and Saint-Etienne (0-1). Facing stronger opponents, the Yellow-Greens experience serious problems, and this should help the Red-Blacks in the home game.
Prediction for the match: Nice to win