Preview - Nice vs Strasbourg 03 March 19

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Match Day 27
Nice vs. Strasbourg
Sunday, March 3rd 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Riviera

Nice: 
Last five matches form: W L W L L
Average goals per match: 0.73
Average goals against per match: 1.04
Top Scorer: Allan Saint-Maximin (6)

Strasbourg:
Last five matches form: W L L D D
Average goals per match: 1.58
Average goals against per match: 1.15
Top Scorer: Lebo Mothiba (7)


We are set for a midtable battle at the Allianz Riviera on Match Day 27 in Ligue 1 as tenth placed Nice play host to eighth placed Strasbourg. Level on points and six points adrift of the European qualifying positions, it's not too late for either side to make a run for the top four and a win here would be a big step in the right direction.


Strasbourg won the reverse of this fixture when coming out on top 2-0 at home. The game here last season also went Strasbourg's way, this time by a 2-1 score-line.


Nice hold the edge when it comes to injuries and suspensions with no confirmed absentees at present. Idriss Saadi, Lionel Carole, Jeremy Grimm and Jonas Martin are all out injured for Strasbourg who will also be without the suspended duo of Pablo Martinez and Ismael Aaneba.


Being the second lowest scorers in the division, Nice are doing well to be flying as high as they are. That they are is down to their stingy defence. Masters of the low scoring game they have conceded just once in their past seven here at home, winning four of those by a 1-0 score-line.


Strasbourg play a far more open style than their hosts and have performed with credit on the road losing only four of 13.


Those injuries won't help Strasbourg break Nice down, and having kept only three clean sheets away from home, the suspicion is that they may well come unstuck here.









Prediction: Nice 2 - 0 Strasbourg


Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  9 - 10
Shots on target: 2 - 1
Corner Kicks: 5 - 3
Possession: 49% - 51%

Only two cards in this game, but they were both red. Referee Eric Watellier dismissing Danilo of Nice and Samuel Grandsir of Strasbourg following an incident in the 89th minute.

Another Nice game and yet another low-scoring affair. The fans wont care too much about that though if their side keep on picking up the points. Another sterling defensive performance laid the foundations for what was a pretty big win. Restricting Strasbourg to just the one shot on target over the course of ninety minutes, one goal was all they needed in order to gain the win.

The only goal of the game arrived in the 20th minute. Good work down the left from Allan Saint-Maximinin to keep the ball in, make space and send an excellent cross into the six-yard box. Youcef Atal not picked up and arriving at the far post to finish on the stretch into the bottom right from around five yards. 1-0 at the break.

Strasbourg never looked like getting back on level terms. The remaining chances there were were largely falling to the home side. Danilo Barbosa guilty of missing the best of them when somehow firing over from around a yard.

Not much else to report in this one other than all hell breaking loose a few minutes from time. Seeming to stem from a poor reaction to a couple of rough challenges, it all ended in a 12 or so man melee and two red cards.

This win was enough to see Nice leapfrog Strasbourg. They now move up to sixth and are only two points off the Europa League qualifying positions. Strasbourg are three points further back and now down in ninth.




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