Lille v Nice Preview

September 13, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit RequiredFrench Ligue 1 action Sunday afternoon comes from The Grand Stade Lille Metropole featuring Lille playing host against Nice.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 16:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Lille v Nice Preview, Ligue 1, Sunday 15th August 2013

Lille head into this game on sunday afternoon having secured a respectable 7pts from their opening four matches of which they have won both of their home games with 1-0 victories against L’Orient and Saint-Ettiene and with their home fans fully behind them the whole squad will be confident of keeping that 100% record intact.

Nice haven’t quite matched their hosts with their results this season as Claude Puel’s side have only managed to secure one victory from their opening four matches played which was a 2-1 win at home against Rennes, however they are unbeaten in their last three games and will certainly believe that they can take at least something back home with them come sunday evening.

Lille v Nice Team News

Lille Team News:

Coach Rene Girard has no fresh injury problems or suspensions to his squad and looks likely to stick with the 4-3-1-2 formation that his side has adopted when playing in front of their home fans at the The Grand Stade Lille Metropole which has brought two victories from two games played. Ivory Coast International Salomon Kalou will be leading the attack up front and will be looking to score his 2nd goal of the season on Sunday afternoon.

Nice Team News:

17 year old Striker Neal Maupay is still out recovering from a Cruciate Ligament Rupture, midfielder Jeremy Pied is still a week or two away from returning to the squad as he recovers from a hamstring problem and Kevin Anin is still unavailable as he also recovers from injury.

Other than these three players though coach Claude Puel has a full squad to choose his starting lineup from which should consist of a 4-3-3 formation with 29 year old Argentinian Dario Cvitanich leading the attack up front who will also be looking to score his 2nd goal of the season.

Lille v Nice Head to Head Statistics

20/01/13 LI1 Lille – Nice
0 : 2
25/08/12 LI1 Nice – Lille 2 : 2
02/05/12 LI1 Nice – Lille
0 : 1
21/12/11 LI1 Lille – Nice 4 : 4
19/04/11 CDF Nice – Lille
0 : 2

Who Has The Advantage?

35 previous games have been played before Sunday afternoon’s game from the Grand Stade Lille Metropole. Lille have won 13, Nice have won 10 and there has been 12 draws.

Recent meetings between the two sides shows Lille with a slight advantage having won twice from last five matches played, with Nice having won just the once and the remaining two games having finished all tied.

Average Goals Per Game?

74 goals have been scored during the previous 35 matches which gives us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.11 which indicates that this game will be very tight and maybe only one or two goals scored come sunday afternoon.

Lille v Nice Recent Form

Lille: W W L W D

Nice: W L D W D

Lille have a slight advantage on the recent form stats having won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last 5 matches played. Nice have managed 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in their last 5 games played.

Lille v Nice Match Betting Odds Market.

Lille have started the season pretty well and with home advantage where they have won both of their games played there this season, the online bookmakers make them the clear favourites to win this game on sunday afternoon with a best price of 3/4 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) currently available.

The Draw could see some interest from punters as with the goal stats suggesting a very close game and two of the last five meetings between the sides having finished all square, a current best price of 5/2 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) could be a sensible play here.

Nice certainly have it all to do here in my opinion and don’t particularly have a decent record when playing away from home, so no real surprise to see the online bookmakers offering a best price of 9/2 with Ladbrokes (£30 Free Bets for New Customers) for the visitors to record just their 2nd win of the season.

Lille v Nice Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Lille have certainly had the better start to the new season campaign and having won both of their matches at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole, scoring twice and conceding none they do look the more likely of the two teams to be celebrating another 3pts haul come sunday evening.

Nice are a side that don’t have a very good record when playing away from home, last season they only managed seven victories and have yet to record a victory on the road from their two games played this season, so everything does seem to suggest a home win here.

The goal stats indicate a low average goals per game when these two sides have met over the years and that trend also looks likely to continue sunday evening with this game unlikely to see more than a couple of goals scored, so the goals market could provide additional value in certain areas, but I am going to with Rene Girard’s side to continue their 100% record at home and win this game by the odd goal come the full time whistle.

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