Ligue 1 Preview: OGC Nice vs. Toulouse

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Updated: August 5, 2014
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Match Date: 09 August 2014 (local time)

Venue:  Allianz Riviera

 

OGC Nice and Toulouse will be put into the test as they engage into a match without their key players. Many of the notable names and influential figures in these squads decided to make a grand exit and build their names somewhere else. Indeed, the upcoming clash will be a definite test of the squad’s spirit and tactical acumen.

 

The contenders

OGC Nice

Nice was among the lucky ones that survived last season. The club was already at the brink of falling out of Ligue 1 if not for a few victories and stalemates that it has managed to collect during the last leg of the season.

 

Finishing at the bottom of the table was neither impressive nor condemnable. At the very least, the squad remained in the top-flight league. However, survival becomes harder this season as the club lost its trusted goal keeper, David Ospina.

 

Ospina’s performance during the World Cup attracted Arsene Wenger’s attention. Ospina will be wearing the Arsenal jersey soon.

 

Toulouse

Toulouse ended as the league’s 9th best club. Yet, its performance can be hardly praised as it is only through its goal difference that it was able to penetrate the top 10. Likewise, a goal difference of -7 demands an improvement in the squad’s defence. However, Toulouse will more likely find it difficult to keep its defensive wall up as Serge Aurier leaves. Aurier will be joining Paris Saint Germain after featuring in the World Cup.

 

Possible head turners and what to expect

Toulouse is fortunate that its scoring machine, Wissam Ben Yedder stays in the squad. Somehow, this lessens the problems that the club confronts. As for OGC Nice, Ospina may not be around, but a reliable Mathieu Bodmer will ensure that Nice retains possession throughout the match.

 

What the odds say

Sports betting tips forecast a possible stalemate between the two. In 12BET, a draw is valued at a profitable 3.07.

 

 

 

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