Match Preview: Lille OSC vs. Nice

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Updated: September 9, 2013
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Florian Thauvin just signed a contract under Olympique de Marseille. FIFA U-20’s star never played for Lille though and was loaned to Bastia. Now that he left for another club, would his transfer affect the Mastiff’s desire to win? 

 

Lille OSC

The Mastiffs are off to a good start this season. During its last 4 matches, the club secured 2 victories, a draw and a loss. Considering that they finished on the 6th spot last season, its current performance is satisfactory enough to prevent themselves from spiraling into the relegation zone.

 

However, amidst of its current (achievements), young star, Florian Thauvin left and transferred to rival club, Olympique de Marseille. It could have been just one of the (celebrated) moves. Unfortunately, it was rather described as an “unacceptable behavior.” Apparently, the situation has some effects on the club’s morale and vision of making a strong finish this season.

 

Nice

Le Gym’s current track record looks a bit promising. The season just started and with a little more push, perhaps the club can score more goals. As of this writing, Le Gym has already won once, drew twice and lost once.

 

For now, the club has yet to worry about relegation. But they better do something about it. Up against the Mastiffs, the club cannot be too comfortable. This is most especially true that they will be playing in foreign territories.

 

Online betting tip: Lille to win by a goal

It is evident that Lille has the outright advantage over their competitor. In 5 of their last 7 matches, the Mastiffs maintained a clean sheet. Aside from keeping a clean sheet, it is also important to note that the club never lost in those 7 matches. But with Thauvin out of the squad, they cannot be too complacent.

 

Although the move garnered a negative reputation, it cannot be denied that Thauvin is one of the club’s scoring machines. When loaned to Bastia, the kid scored 10 goals out of its 32 appearances. Aside from that, Thauvin also rallied France’s winning campaign in the recently concluded, FIFA U-20.

 

However, Thauvin never played for Lille. As mentioned, he was loaned to Bastia during his stay. If there is a situation where Nice can capitalize on, perhaps this is the morale upset that Thauvin has brought to the club.

 

Match Date: 15 September 2013 (local time)

Venue: Grand Stade Lille Métropole (Villeneuve d’Ascq)

 

 

 

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