Nice without including Balotelli and Belhanda, Lorient without its two best attackers. Bundhold against top teams, but the home of the synthetic grass can Bretons with careful tactics and goalie Lecomte clear enough keeping weakened Nice roughly rod.
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Nice without its two best offensive people, striker / topscorer Balotelli and creator Belhanda. New absence.
New absence of goalkeeper Cardinale, a central defender Dante (colleague Baysse still out) and + def midfield man Seri get Nice to play cautiously.
In addition, you can discuss about the absence of unstable Cardinale is weakening – replace Benitez appear competent.
There also played on artificial turf in Lorient – typically something not angering guests too well.
Lorient has further absence of striker / topscorer Moukandjo (CAN) and the lightning colleague Waris (CAN-dropped by Ghana, but first back Monday).
The new absence of a central defender Touré (CAN) is expected to Lorient to move to a five-man defense.
Lorient has first keeper Lecomte back after injury – ready reinforcement.
It’s the first match after the Christmas holidays, and there may be some rust to be knocked off. I do not expect well-oiled attacking play.
BEFORE YOU KEEP AN EYE ON
Nice leads Ligue 1, Lorient’s drain plug (squad is better than it and ditto regarding the game in recent months, apart from big loss at PSG).
In the autumn won Nice 2-1 (home and with Balotelli + Belhanda) of Lorient and brought various times Lorient defensive problems.
Nice has previously shown that the team can score and win without Balotelli and Belhanda. For example, the attacker plea fast (and more efficient this season than in the past).
At the other end, the absence of particular experienced Dante mean core problems.
At the same time expected wing backs Pereira and Dalbert back from injuries in Nice. Will they attack as usual or playing gently?
Lorient is digested with heavy centraldefensiv this season – absence of Touré can make it worse, despite switch 2-3.
At the other end has Lorient eg the dribble strong right-wing Cabot (but if Dalbert is back, they may neutralize each other).
Lorient striker Waris is not in the squad, is not expected back Monday – but who knows, maybe he takes an earlier flight.