On Sunday, Nice will host Strasbourg for a Ligue 1 match at the Allianz Riviera.
Nice is currently in 4th place in the standings, while Strasbourg is two places from them in 6th.
So which of these top-flight teams will take the win this weekend?
After flying out of the blocks this season, Nice’s form has slowed down somewhat in recent weeks, with just one win in their last four games.
However, their last game was still very impressive as they secured a 0-0 draw against league leaders Paris Saint-Germain becoming the third team this season to take points from them.
Nice still has the tightest defense in Ligue 1 with just 12 goals conceded. However, if they are to push for a Champions League spot, they need to get their goal shoes back as they have drawn in three of their last four games.
Strasbourg, on the other hand, just can’t stop scoring now, as they outscored Bordeaux 5-2 in a tremendous performance last Wednesday. The victory took their current unbeaten game to five games.
It was a remarkable turnaround for Julien Stephan’s side, as they started the campaign at the bottom of the table after taking just one point in their first three games.
Incredibly, Strasbourg are now only behind PSG when it comes to scoring goals. With 31 goals to their name, they are one of only two teams to have scored more than 30 goals in Ligue 1 to date.
Face-to-face Nice vs Strasbourg
Of the 37 matches played between the two teams, 14 have been won by Strasbourg while Nice have won 12 matches. There were 11 dead ends.
Recent results between these two teams have been mixed, with three wins for Strasbourg, two for Nice and a draw.
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Guide to Strasbourg forms: WDDDW
Nice vs Strasbourg Team News
Only two players are unavailable for this match for Nice, which can almost call for a full squad.
Injured: Evann Guessand, Robson Bambu
Defender Maxime Le Marchand and striker Lebo Mothiba are both uncertain for this game.
Doubtful: Maxime Le Marchand, Lebo Mothiba
Nice vs Strasbourg Predicts XI
Nice predicts XI (4-4-2): Walter Benitez; Jordan Lotomba, Jean-Clair Todibo, Dante, Melvin Bard; Amine Gouiri, Khephren Thuram, Mario Lemina, Calvin Stengs; Andy Delort, Kasper Dolberg
Strasbourg predicted XI (5-3-2): Matz Salts; Frédéric Guilbert, Lucas Perrin, Gerzino Nyamsi, Alexandre Djiku, Dimitri Lienard; Adrien Thomasson, Sanjin Prcic, Ibrahima Sissoko; Ludovic Ajorque, Kevin Gameiro
Nice vs Strasbourg Prediction
It should be a fascinating encounter between one of the hottest attacking teams in Ligue 1 against a team with the meanest defense. This means that he should also be close.
On paper, however, Nice have a bit of a stronger side and, with the home advantage, the pendulum could tip in their favor here.
Expect a narrow home win, but a draw wouldn’t come as a surprise either.
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Prediction: Nice 2-1 Strasbourg