There looks set to be an interesting game in Ligue 1 on Friday evening, as Nice bids to maintain their excellent recent run of form. Auxerre will be the traveling side in this matchday 26 fixture, as they look for a third straight win to move clear of the bottom four.
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Nice could yet have a key role to play in the battle for a European place this term. They have been in excellent form over recent weeks, and they currently sit five points off the top five positions in Ligue 1. They have gone six without defeat in recent months, picking up five victories over that period. However, despite that excellent transformation, they remain only seventh in the overall standings.
Nice produced arguably their performance of the season in their previous match, as they hammered local rivals AS Monaco 3-0 away from home. All goals in that success were netted in the opening half, with Terem Moffi scoring a brilliant brace. The other goal in the victory was netted by Khephren Thuram two minutes before the half time break.
Auxerre still finds themselves in trouble at the opposite end of the Ligue 1 standings, as they are just outside the bottom four courtesy of their superior goal difference. However, their recent form certainly ensures that they come into this fixture on the road in good confidence, as they have gone four matches without defeat.
They have also won back-to-back games in Ligue 1, which includes their success against Lorient in their latest match. The only goal in that success was netted with half an hour remaining by Rayan Raveloson. However, they will be keen to ensure that their positive run of form doesn’t end on the road this week.
Nice vs Auxerre Head to Head
Nice has gone two without defeat against Auxerre. However, the previous meeting between the sides this season saw the points shared following a 1-1 draw. Auxerre’s latest win against Nice in Ligue 1 was recorded at home with a 2-1 scoreline in December 2011.
Nice vs Auxerre Prediction
Both of these teams have been in excellent recent form, and that ensures that this should be a thrilling fixture in France on Friday. However, we could see the hosts claiming maximum points, as they maintain their charge for a European finish in Ligue 1 this term.
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