Preview - Troyes vs Nice 02 April 2018

Started by Harry85, Mar 31, 2018, 09:13 AM

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Match Day 31
Troyes vs Nice
Monday, April 2nd, 2018
00:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de l'Aube

Troyes: 
Last five matches form: D L L L D
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Adama Niane (7)

Nice:
Last five matches form: L D W W L
Average goals per match: 1.3
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Mario Balotelli (14)

A big game for Troyes in week 31 as Jean-Louis Garcia's men welcome a Mario Balotelli led Nice to the Stade de l'Aum. Whilst Nice have little to play for in terms of European qualification or relegation avoidance, this represents a huge opportunity for Troyes to escape the relegation zone. Currently third bottom on 29 points, Toulouse, Amiens and Strasbourg are all within striking distance should they pick up the win.

Troyes will be without St├ęphane Darbion in the engine room here. Nice meanwhile have no new injury concerns but Mickael Le Bihan and Christophe Jallet remain on the side-lines.

One major concern for Troyes here is that goals - whilst never really plentiful - seem to have dried up alarmingly of late. You don't win if you don't score and Troyes have only managed to make the net bulge twice in their past six matches.

Should Nice turn up in the type of goal scoring form they did in their most recent away outing at Guingamp, were they somehow rattled in five, Troyes lack of a goal threat may make this a long afternoon for the hosts. That was really an uncharacteristically efficient display from Nice though and far from the norm.

One notable aspect of Troyes home games this term is how bad tempered they have been. The 15 games at the Stade de l'Aum this term have seen a total of eight red cards issued, so don't be surprised should this not finish eleven versus eleven. In terms of a final score line, Troyes greater desire may just be enough to see them nick a point against a superior Nice side.

Prediction: Troyes 1 - 1 Nice

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 11 - 15
Shots on target: 3 - 6
Corner Kicks: 8 - 5
Possession: 37% - 63%

Just the one name taken by referee Johan Hamel here, with Mathieu Deplagne of Troyes seeing yellow.

A well deserved away success for Nice who seem to be finding a bit of form of late. Well on top in possession, shots and shots on target, they would have been unlucky not to pick up the three points.

The opening goal came in the 16th minute. Alassane Plea has been in electric form of late and is therefore just about the last man you want to present the ball to twenty yards from goal in enough space to unleash a free shot on goal. That's exactly what Troyes did though, sloppily losing possession and Plea making them pay, taking a touch before firing a rocket into the back of the net.

Plea looked to have made it two when played in by a nonchalant defence splitting back heel from Mario Balotelli, finishing well but having the effort ruled out for offside.

The roles were reversed soon after. Plea this time teeing up Balotelli to score, but the linesman again raising his flag. 0-1 at half-time.

This really was all Nice as Troyes struggled to make any inroads. The inevitable second arrived in the 83rd minute and it was that man Plea again. Played in by Wylan Cyprien, Pleas stabbed effort took a deflection to loop over the keeper and find the back of the net. Final score 0-2.

With the teams around them all dropping points, this represented a good opportunity for Troyes to at least pick up something at home and increase their chances of survival. As it is though they remain third bottom but only one point from safety.

That's three wins in four for Nice now who rise to seventh. Level on points with fifth placed Montpellier, their late charge for European football may prove tough to repel should they continue in this vein.

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