Nice and Bordeaux meet at Allianz Riviera, in a match for the 18th round of League 1. The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, as there were 2 victories for each team in the last 4 matches. But the last time these two teams met at this stadium was on 02-04-2017, for the League 1, which ended with the Nice victory by (2-1). M. Balotelli (16 ‘) and V. Eysseric (27’) scored the goals of the match, for Nice, and G. Laborde (9 ‘), for Bordeaux. The Bordeaux presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so that in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The home team is currently in the 8 th position of the league, with 23 points won, after 7 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Metz, by (3-1). In the last match, they won in an away match against Nantes, by (1-2). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses at their stadium, with 24 goals scored and 25 conceded. The team comes to this match after a win away with Lille by (2-3), in the shoot-out on penalties. For the championship, Nice won 13 points out of 27 possible points, after 4 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in the last 9 home matches. The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 7 of the last 9 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 17 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 10 times and only managed 2 comebacks.
The Nice is still far from the performance presented in recent seasons and currently occupies the modest eighth place in the French championship. However, the home team managed to stay in the League Cup, competition of maximum importance to the club, beating Lille in the shoot-off on penalties.
The moment of form of the team guided by Lucien Favre is very positive in the championship, adding in this way three consecutive victories. In the midst of that, there was a defeat against Vitesse, for the Europa League, in a game in which he already had access to the next confirmed phase.
For this game the local coach can not count on Le Bihan and Lusamba, both injured, however, it is important to note that these were not usual choices. The irreverent best marker of Nice, Mario Balotelli, remains the choice on the front of the team’s attack.
After 5 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses, the away team is currently in the 14 th position of the league, with 20 points won. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Dijon FCO, by (3-2). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Strasbourg, by (0-3). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 6 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 14 goals scored and 23 conceded; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 22 goals scored and 12 suffered. In the last match they played, for the Coupe de la Ligue, they lost with Toulouse out by (2-0). In the last 9 away league matches Bordeaux has a record of 1 win, 3 draws and 5 losses, so they have won 6 points out of 27 possible.
For this competition, it registers a sequence of 5 defeats in the last matches as a visitor. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 5 of the last 9 matches for this competition have ended with Under 1,5 goals. In 17 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 9 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Unlike the adversary club, Bordeaux is going through a terrible period in the season and to exacerbate this situation was eliminated from the League Cup by Toulouse, with a simple defeat, 2-0. At the level of internal competitions, it only remains for Bordeaux to make history in the French Cup.
The local team does not win two games in the French championship, registering two defeats in that period, plus it has five losses in the last five games played away from home. Thus, the black moment that this formation goes through is evident.
Lewczuk, Malcom and Mendy are the players who are in doubt for this day, being that the second is one of the most important players of the visiting team. However, the coach is going to line up his team in 4-2-3-1, trying to place within his four lines his more deliberate and organized style of play.
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