Ligue 1 Match Preview: Nice vs. Evian TG

By
Updated: December 18, 2013
Nice

Match Date: 21 December 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Allianz Riviera

 

Nice

Not only was their victory over Sochaux 1-0 a mere source of three points to climb one spot higher in the table (from 16th to 15th), but it was also the long-awaited break that OGC Nice needed following the seven consecutive defeats they incurred in the French top-flight league. In terms of the total number of losses suffered, Nice embarrassingly rank fourth (behind Sochaux, Ajaccio, and Valenciennes). But thanks to the six victories and two draws they obtained from the rest of their matches, they are still nine points clear of relegation.

 

Kevin Anin and Mouez Hassen are sidelined and are therefore unable to appear in their team’s next battle. While Nice’s most recent fixture rendered them victorious, it was not a solid guarantee that their form is finally getting better. Sochaux were galloped in injury at the time of their meeting, and it made perfect sense for Nice to take advantage of the situation to end their disastrous streak. In their upcoming tourney, much more hard work must be done and a stronger focus on their defense should also be equally prioritized.

 

Evian Thonon Gaillard

Evian TG’s form this season is like a formula of different chemicals mixed together—baffling enough to determine if it is successful or otherwise. In their last three matches alone, the side scored all three possible results: a defeat from Bastia 2-0, a victory over PSG 2-0, and a draw with Reims 1-1. In addition, Evian’s fixture with Saint Etienne was postponed (which should have been held last week) due to a frozen pitch.

 

Inconsistency is causing so much trouble on Evian, which is the primary reason why they have been stuck in the table’s lower half for the majority of their Ligue 1 campaign. The victory over PSG was indeed a surprise, but the momentum fetched from there slightly diminished when they started embarking on their subsequent tourney.

 

Football betting tip: Nice and Evian are having trouble with inconsistency. While creating chances is still possible for both sides, scoring will be very tight. A deadlock will best describe the outcome of this fixture.

 

Nice | Image source: uefa.com