The beginning of the end for Nice? On a cloud since the beginning of the season, the Aiglons suffered their first defeat of the season in the championship during the 12th day, in Caen (0-1). With their losses in the Europa League the same week, the OGC had two consecutive defeats for the first time of the season, and more worryingly, without scoring a goal. Was Nice overrepresented? Or will they on the contrary start again and resume the leadership of the Ligue 1 by going to get one or more points in Saint-Etienne? 9th of the ranking, the Greens would need the 3 points of the victory to return to the height of the 4th, the Avant Guingamp.
Saint-Etienne scored only one goal (out of 14) in the first period since the start of the season!
OGC Nice have not scored since two games, a first this season since the arrivals of Lucien Favre, Mario Balotelli or Younès Belhanda. The machine might take some time to restart!
Saint-Etienne scored half (7 of 14) of his goals in the last 1/4 of an hour, OGC Nice 33% (8 out of 24)!
Difficult to clear a favorite in this meeting, between a Niçoise formation currently leading the championship and the Greens who receive and have not yet lost to Geoffroy Guichard. A balanced meeting in perspective, the first half could well serve as a round of observation.
The matches played by ASSE this season, both in the league and the Europa League, have often decanted in the second half. And in front of a formation of Niçoise in slight decrease of form that has not scored for 2 games, there is no reason that it changes. Tie at halftime!