BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
On Wednesday night, Nice and Marseille meet at the Allianz Riviera in a potentially entertaining derby at the top of Ligue One.
The home team head into this game on the back of a 3-2 home win over Lyon last time out in the French top-flight. The win leaves Nice third-place in the Ligue One table, two points behind second-place Lens and is their third victory in four league outings.
What has been notable of late in those wins has been Nice’s scoring prowess, as Christophe Galtier’s team has scored at least two goals in all three of those recent Ligue One wins. Highly-rated young forward Amine Gouiri is the team’s top league goalscorer with five goals in ten league outings.
Nice have a strong recent home record in Ligue One, as they are currently unbeaten in five league matches in the French top-flight.
OM are just a place and point behind their hosts in the Ligue One table and will be hoping to leapfrog them in this derby.
However, the visitors have struggled for wins in the French top-flight of late, winning just one of their previous five matches in Ligue One. Last time out the visitors did hold league leaders PSG to a goalless draw, which was a highly creditable result.
Marseille have a slightly inconsistent recent away record, but three wins in their previous 17 games is a poor return for OM.
Neither team has any reported injury worries heading into this clash. Both teams picked up positive results in difficult games last time out so may choose to name unchanged starting line-ups.
These two teams are well matched. However, we are backing the home side to record a win in a high-scoring encounter in what everybody will hope to be less explosive on and off the pitch.
PREDICTION – HOME WIN
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