Nice v Angers preview: Patrick Vieira’s Nice hasn't been in top form recently.
Constantly playing badly in recent years, Nice is facing quite a lot of difficulties at this time when it has lost many of its advantages. And in this round, having to receive a high-performing Angers will continue to be another challenge for the home team.
Nice and Angers meet for their Ligue 1 clash at Allianz Riviera on Sunday, 1 December (kick-off time 3.00 am).
Former Arsenal man Patrick Vieira may be linked with the job at the Emirates but he clearly needs to focus on his own job at the moment. With only 1 victory during the past 8 rounds, the drop in form makes it difficult for Nice to face many difficulties when it quickly fell to the bottom half of the table. If not able to have the Thai team improve the performance, Le Gym will sink deeper in the coming time when the gap with the relegation group is not much. They are currently 15th in the league with only 1 win and 5 losses in their last 8 league games.
Nice possible lineup: Walter Benítez, Dante, Christophe Herelle, Gautier Lloris, Racine Coly, Adrien Tameze, Remi Walter, Wylan Cyprien, Danilo, Kasper Dolberg, Myziane Maolida.
Meanwhile, with Angers, a series of 3 consecutive unbeaten matches helped the visitors quickly return to the top 3 positions. Stephane Moulin’s Angers side had previously gone 5 games without a victory across October. With an uplifted spirit, Angers is expected to create many difficulties for Nice in the upcoming match. They have kept three clean sheets in that time but this focus on defence has starved their attack of opportunities as they have generally been very poor in the final third recently.
Angers possible lineup: Ludovic Butelle, Vincent Manceau, Romain Thomas, Mateo Pavlovic, Abdoulaye Bamba, Thomas Mangani, Santamaria Baptiste, Cheikh Ndoye, Flavien Tait, Stephane Bahoken, Jeff Reine Adelaide.
Nice vs Angers Head-to-Head
Angers is unbeaten in all 5 times against Nice before. This is a good psychological advantage for the guests on this trip.
Both Angers and Nice direly need points for their goals and neither side will dare to take too much risk with their calculations. That said, pick the game to draw.