OGC Nice vs. Olympique Lyon / Ligue 1 – Already at the start of the ninth round of French Ligue 1 we have two derby matches, and in one of them the leading Nice is welcoming the fifth ranked Lyon, which has seven points less at the moment. In addition, Nice can boast that they in their previous three clashes recorded two victories and one draw, and thus managed to stop a series of Lyon with three consecutive wins. Begins: 14.10.2016. – 20:45 CET
Nice wants to continue that positive series after this clash with Lyon, which is best confirmed by the fact that they are currently in the best shape of any teams in league 1, and that is the main reason why they are still holding the leading position after eight rounds. Namely, this is the only undefeated team so far in the championship, but we need to point out again that coach Favre’s players have a fantastic effect of four wins and one draw at home, while at the same time their away matches have also brought them seven points.
On the other hand, they are playing a lot worse in Europa League, and they were in the first two rounds defeated at home by German Schalke with 1-0, and then away by Russia’s Krasnodar with 5-2, so it will be very difficult for them to win placement in the knockout phase. However, their thought are now fully focused on this championship derby with Lyon, for which they cannot count on the injured goalkeeper Benitez, defenders Le Marchand and Lloris and striker Le Bihan, while their controversial striker Balotelli has no right to perform due to suspension.
Probable lineups OGC Nice: Cardinale – Baysse, Dante, Sarr – Pereira, Cyprien, Bodmer, Seri, Dalbert – Belhanda, Plea
As for Lyon, they have one of the youngest teams in the league for the second season in a row, so it is not surprising that they are playing with a lot of oscillations and after eight rounds occupy only a fifth place in the standings. However, they are only three points behind the third PSG, and it is after they in the last round routinely celebrated at home with 2-0 against their big local rivals St Etienne. That triumph has, besides those three points won, certainly meant a lot in terms of their confidence after two consecutive away defeats, first that championship one against Lorient and then in the second round of the Champions League by the Spanish Sevilla.
But considering that they before that at the start of the competition at home without major problems celebrated with 3-0 over Dinamo Zagreb, they are still in the game for one of the positions that lead in the knockout stage of the Champions League or Europa League at least. We should also add that coach Genesio recently had a lot of problems with absences, because of injuries, and partly because of suspensions, but now, he will again be able to count on defender N’Kouloua and midfielder Gonalons, while the injured defenders Rafael and Jallet, midfielder Grenier and strikers Lacazette and Cornet are all still out of action.
Probable lineups Olympique Lyon: Lopes – Yanga-Mbiwa, Mammana, N’Koulou – Tolisso, Darder, Gonalons, Ferri, Rybus – Ghezzal, Fekir
OGC Nice vs. Olympique Lyon PICK
Since both teams achieved a lot of goals at the start of the season, it is quite logical to expect a similar situation on Friday night in Nice, especially when we know what kind of rivalry exists between them and the guests from Lyon.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.74 at netbet (down to 1.68 can be played)