Preview - Guingamp vs Nice March 11 2018

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Match Day 29
Guingamp vs Nice
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
22:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade De Roudourou

Last five matches form: W D D D L
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Jimmy Briand (6)

Last five matches form: L D L D W
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Mario Balotelli (14)

A classic mid table match up at Le Roudourou this Sunday as eighth place Nice tackle their twelfth placed hosts Guingamp. Both sides have posted some positive results and performances this term, but consistency has proven to be a major issue. Both arrive with only one win in their past five outings, and whilst Nice would appear to have the better side on paper, Guingamp's home advantage may even things up.

Guingamp will be without regular right back Jordan Ikoko through suspension but otherwise have just about a whole squad to choose from. Maxime Le Marchand and Christophe Jallet continue to miss out for Nice.

Nice are winless in five on their travels in Ligue 1 but have drawn three over that period. Guingamp meanwhile are without a win in their four most recent League outings and have failed to score in three of those matches.

Nice do boast the greater attacking threat here, particularly if the mercurial Mario Balotelli is in the mood.

With only four points separating the sides in Ligue 1 and both teams experiencing mixed results of late, this is a tough one to call. Guingamp's lack of goals in recent weeks would be a concern, and Nice did won the reverse fixture 2-0, so we can see why the away side will have their supporters, but overall a low scoring draw looks to be the best way to go here.

Prediction: Guingamp 1 - 1 Nice


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 5
Shots: 12 - 17
Shots on target: 6 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 39% - 61%

Jimmy Briand, Franck Tabanou and Jonathan Martins-Pereira were booked for the beleaguered home team, with Ihsan Sacko seeing yellow for the visitors.

The anticipated low scoring encounter at the Stade De Roudourou didn't quite materialise as a rampant Nice side ran riot.

It all started so well for the home side too. Clement Grenier converting from the spot after Marcus Thuram had been brought down in the area.

Guingamp pushed forward looking for a second but paid the price in the 23rd minute. A ball from inside the Nice half putting Alassane Plea clean through on goal, with the forward racing clear to fire home.

The remainder of the half saw further chances for either side in what was turning into a wide-open contest with Plea rattling the bar with a header. 1-1 at the interval.

Parity didn't last long in the second half though. Plea receiving the ball on the left before cutting across the box to finish well into the bottom corner.

Eleven minutes later Plea was at it again. The forward should never really have been able to beat Karl-Johan Johnsson from such a tight angle, but beat him he did. 3-1 to the visitors.

This was like watching a game of basketball at times and in the 83rd minute Guingamp were handed a lifeline. Marlon diverting a free kick from the left past his own keeper. 2-3.

That lifeline was ripped away just three minutes later. Pierre Lees-Malou's cross finding Bassem Srarfi steaming in at the far post to head home. 2-4.

It was fitting that it was Plea who should have the final word. The Nice frontman rounding off a day to forget for Johnsson when firing through the keepers' legs in stoppage time.

The top four positions are surely out of reach for Nice, but they do nevertheless rise to seventh on the back of this impressive attacking display.

Guingamp lie in 13th and seven points clear of the relegation zone, but can't afford too many more defensive collapses of this nature.

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