Lyon will have the opportunity to move into the top three in France this weekend, but they will need to collect maximum points from their trip to Nice. The hosts will also be looking to leapfrog into the Champions League places with a victory.
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Two teams that are hunting Champions League places in Ligue 1 this season meet on Sunday, as Lyon make the trip to the Allianz Riviera to take on Nice. The hosts are currently ahead in the league standings, as they occupy fourth, while Lyon are a couple of places below in sixth.
Nice have been in decent form at the start of the new French season, as they have won five of the nine games that they have played. However, they have been slightly off-form in recent weeks, having lost two of their last four. After winning back-to-back games before the international break, Nice were beaten for the second time this season last weekend.
It was a shock defeat for the European hopefuls, as they went down to a 1-0 defeat against Troyes. Despite conceding early, Nice couldn’t get back in the game, as they failed to make their 62% of the possession count in the final third.
It was a summer of change for Lyon, as they lost influential striker Memphis Depay to Barcelona. However, they have maintained a reasonably strong start to the new season, winning four times in their ten games.
A win this weekend could see them end the round of games in second, and confidence should be high after going four without a defeat. They picked up a second win during that run of form on Saturday with a 2-0 win against Monaco. Karl Toko Ekambi and Jason Denayer scored in the win.
Nice vs Lyon Head to Head
Very little separates these sides in the recent meetings, as both Nice and Lyon have won twice in the last four. Both teams have found the net in each of these four meetings, and the last four have also had over 2.5 goals. The away side in both fixtures last seasons claimed the wins.
Nice vs Lyon Prediction
Nice’s form has dipped slightly in recent weeks, while Lyon look to be finding their feet. The travelling side are our pick this weekend, as they look for a second big scalp in successive weeks in Ligue 1.
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