Preview - Nice vs Montpellier 08 April 19

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Match Day 31
Nice vs. Montpellier
Monday, April 8th 2019
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Riviera

Last five matches form: L W L D W
Average goals per match: 0.73
Average goals against per match: 0.97
Top Scorer: Allan Saint-Maximin (6)

Last five matches form: L W D L W
Average goals per match: 1.40
Average goals against per match: 1.13
Top Scorer: Andy Delort (11)

Its eighth versus seventh on Match Day 31 in Ligue 1 as Nice welcome Montpellier to the Allianz Riviera. Both of these sides now have only an outside chance of threatening the European positions this season, but a win here for either side would at least draw them more into the mix. Defeat and any chance of the top four would look slim indeed.

Montpellier came out on top in the reverse of this fixture when picking up a 1-0 win in their home game. The game here last season also resulted in a 1-0 final score-line, with Nice coming out on top on that occasion. We will likely be in for another tight encounter here.

Christophe Jallet, Myziane Maolida and Ignatius Ganago are all out for the home side. With no confirmed absentees at present, Montpellier may have a fully fit squad from which to select.

Nice are on a rock-solid run at home and head into this game unbeaten in their last nine here, keeping an extremely impressive seven clean sheets across those games.

Montpellier have been fairly solid on the road overall, only losing four of 15 to date, and only failing to score on four occasions.

Two closely matched sides here. Montpellier are better going forward, but Nice's advantage in defence may be greater. We will take the home side to sneak yet another narrow success in this one.

Prediction: Nice 1 - 0 Montpellier


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  15 - 16
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 51% - 49%

Just the one booking for each side in this one, with referee Ruddy Buquet taking the names of Bassem Srarfi of Nice and Vitorino Hilton of Montpellier.

Another Nice game, another low scoring affair, and most importantly of all for the home fans, another match in which Nice managed to take all of the points in a game of this nature. Impressive stuff from the home defence at times once again, and if there is a better organised side in the division, then we haven't seen them. One goal was all it took to hand the home side the spoils.

Patrick Viera's men took the lead on the twenty minute mark. Wylan Cyprien playing in a free kick from around thirty yards out and to the right hand side. Dante the man rising highest on the left corner of the six yard box to thump a header in to the left hand side of the goal.

Montpellier were really struggling to break Nice down, having to rely on set pieces and crosses into the area for the few half-chances that did come their way.

It was Nice who came closest to adding to the score line though. Allan Saint-Maximin turning on the afterburners on the counter to blitz past the Montpellier defence and into the area only to fire wide of the post. 1-0 at the break.

Chances at both ends in the second half were few and far between. Nice probably had the better of it but in the end didn't need another goal. 1-0 it finished.

Nice move above Montpellier and into seventh spot with this win. They are now only three points off fourth spot and a place in the Europa League next season. Not too much of a drop for Montpellier who slip to eighth, but are now five points off the European positions.

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