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Prediction: Nice vs Metz – preview and betting tips

Foot Predictions shows the Ligue 1 clash on Sunday between Nice and Metz, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.

Nice to assume Metz in Ligue 1 on Sunday, with the hosts getting a win less than three points from their next opponent on the table.

Both teams lost two consecutive games in the championship, so they see this match as an opportunity to put the season back on track.

Match analysis

After replacing Patrick Vieira with your assistant Adrian Ursea as a coach in December, Nice did not have the positive recovery he expected.

After finishing fifth in Ligue 1 last season, having dropped out of the Europa League in the group stage and taking 14th place two-thirds in the domestic campaign should be marked as a disappointing season so far.

However, with a seven point lead over Nantes in 18th place, at least relegation is a very remote concern. Ursea’s team is expected to start defending better soon, with last weekend’s 3-2 defeat by Marseille highlighting defensive concerns.

Amine Gouiri However, he remains the star of the southern French team, having scored eight league goals this season. Ursea hopes the 21-year-old can shine against Metz once again on Sunday.

Metz goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja, photographed in September 2020

After occupying a position in the top half for most of the campaign, Frederic Antonetti you may be a little concerned about losing your side in consecutive matches in recent weeks.

The 2-1 loss at home to Strasbourg last weekend was particularly tiring for the 59-year-old coach and his group of players after taking the lead on 17 minutes via Thomas Delaineopener.

With only the top three Ligue 1 teams showing the strongest defensive record so far this season, usually when Metz takes the lead, they keep it. Yet, Adrien ThomassonThe goalkeeper turned the game upside down and inflicted the hosts with defeat.

However, as they are eighth and just three points behind Rennes in fifth place, in addition to remaining in the French Cup, Metz is moving forward for a hugely successful season.

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All news from the teams

Nice's Pierre Lees-Melou celebrates with his teammates after scoring against AS Monaco on 8 November 2020

Nice is out Myziane Maolida, Kasper Dolberg, Jordan Lotomba, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Youcef Atal, Danilo Barbosa and Dante due to injury.

Former Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin hopes to start after having taken advantage of the bench in the defeat to Marseille.

Metz, meanwhile, remains without a best scorer Ibrahima Niane and Manuel Cabit for the rest of the season.

Ernest Boahene, Vincent Pajot, Oops Nguette and Kevin N’Doram they are unlikely to travel to Nice due to injuries, but they are expected to recover in the coming weeks.

Good possible starting lineup:
Benitez; Pelmard, Robson, Nsoki, Kamara; Lopes, Claude Marice, Boudaoui, Lees-Melou, Trouillet; Gouiri

Possible initial lineup of Metz:
Oukidja; Bronn, Kouyate, Boye; Centonze, Sarr, Maiga, Delaine; Yade, Boulaya; Goncalves

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We say: Nice 1-1 Metz

We can imagine a tie between two well-matched teams on Sunday.

Neither team should play with much confidence after disappointing defeats in the past few weeks, so they can be happy to leave the game unscathed.

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