Nice will host the league toppers PSG for the round 30 of this season’s Ligue 1 competition at Allianz Riviera, this Sunday. This exciting match is scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm GMT.
With PSG running riot in the league so far, it will be a daunting task for the home side to stop the rampant Parisians.
Nice are in a good mood, thanks to their two consecutive Ligue 1 victories after suffering from drought if wins which extended to seven games. They hammered Guingamp in their last game with a 5-2 scoreline.
The back to back victories have boosted their confidence and their league standings. Nice are placed at the 7th position in the league table with 42 points, registering 12 wins and 11 defeats in the process.
Nice are still without the service of their top-scorer Mario Balotelli, who suffered thigh injury in the early March. However, Alassane Plea has covered his position with the enthralling performance. The primary concern for Nice has been their poor defensive system.
The home side are regularly conceding poor goals and leaving the back-line vulnerable. This issue needs to be addressed quickly. Otherwise, they will be thrashed by this mighty PSG side.
Meanwhile, PSG are in the terrific form this season. The league leaders are inching closer to their 7th Ligue 1 title.
Unai Emery’s men are sitting at the top of the table with 80 points, 17 points behind their close rivals Monaco. They have registered 26 wins and just 2 defeats in this remarkable league journey.
PSG are unbeaten in their last 8 league games. Their last defeat came against Lyon back in the end of January. Since then, they have won all 8 games scoring 25 and conceding only 3. The incredible trio of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe has boosted their emphatic league campaign.
Similarly, Di Maria has looked good whenever he has got the chance to showcase his talent. The back-line looks formidable for PSG as well with the likes of Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, and Kurzawa. Considering their astonishing form, it will be a walk in the park for PSG at Allianz Riviera, this Sunday.
Key Players To Watch
Alassane Plea is over the moon following his emphatic 4 goals in the last league game against Guingamp. He was in terrific form and single-handedly guided his team in the rampant 5-2 victory.
Courtesy of his extraordinary performance, Plea has a goal tally of 10 this season and has assisted 2 times for his club. To stop the flying Parisians, Plea needs to replicate his exceptional performance in the important home game.
The Youngest member of the deadly trio, Kylian Mbappe has had a memorable season so far. With 13 goals and 7 assists in the league so far, the young French forward has shown charismatic display in a peculiar way. He is basking in confidence with back to back goals in two consecutive games, including the mid-week’s two goals against Angers.
Nice defenders will have a nightmare to stop Mbappe’s heroics as he is the player to watch out for in the Sunday’s fixture.
Head to Head
The two juggernauts of French league have collided 38 times against each other. The Parisians lead the battle with 19 wins against 11. One of the best rivalries of French football has ended all square in the 8 occasions.
PSG has dominated the last 5 meeting between these sides. The league leaders have won 3 of the games while the host have surged in 1 game. The last face-off between these clubs saw PSG hammer their opponent by an impressive 3-0 score-line.
The marquee striker Mario Balotelli is still out of the team and is expected to join the team later this month.
Defender Christophe Jallet, who sustained knee injury back in February, is still sidelined from the team.
Defender Racine Coly will miss the game following the suspension.
Unai Emery’s team will travel to face Nice without their Midfielder Thiago Motta, who faces a suspension following his red card in the mid-weeks game against Angers. Lo Celso will probably replace him in the middle.
Similarly, star-forward Neymar is still recovering from his injury and will be out of the action for few more months.
Nice vs PSG Lineup (Predicted XI)
Nice Lineup (4-3-3)
Defenders: Burner (RB), Marlon (RCB), Dante (LCB), Marchand (LB)
Midfielders: Lees-Melou (RCM), Seri (CM), Cyprien (LCM)
PSG Lineup (4-3-3)
Defenders: Alves (RB), Silva (RCB), Kimpembe(LCB), Kurzawa (LB)
Midfielders: Draxler (RCM), Lo Celso (CM), Verratti (LCM)
Nice vs PSG Prediction
Although the home team come into this game with a morale boosting 5-2 win in their last week’s bout, it will be an uphill task for them to stop the PSG’s power-bomb. However, they can try to control the damage with resilient performance.
Meanwhile, the league leaders are just running with the flow and will not back down from anything that comes in their way, in the quest of lifting the league title for the 7th time.
We expect Nice to deliver a quality performance in their home. However, PSG will run the field ragged with another stellar performance.
Our Prediction: Nice 1-3 PSG.