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Ligue 1: Nice vs Bastia preview

Kick-off: Friday, 26 February @19:30 GMT

Venue: Allianz Riviera (Koln)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Bastia vs Nice 1-3 (2015/2016 Ligue 1)
Bastia vs Nice 2-1 (2014/2015 Ligue 1)
Nice vs Bastia 0-1 (2014/2015 Ligue 1)
Nice vs Bastia 2-0 (2013/2014 Ligue 1)
Bastia vs Nice 1-0 (2013/2014 Ligue 1)

Nice vs Bastia prediction

After failing to record a win in previous three league games, Nice will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they host Bastia at their Allianz Riviera on Friday evening. Les Aiglons sit in the Champions League berth ahead of the visit of les Bleus and they definitely want to keep their hopes of making it to the elite competition alive.

Les Aiglons firing on all cylinders

Nice kicked off the second half of the season in a style, with the team recording back-to-back wins over the likes of Angers and Lorient in front of home fans. Les Aiglons, though, have been misfiring of late and it has to be noted that the team scored no more than one goal in previous three league games. The team’s poor form has something to do with Hatem Ben Arfa’s absence. The team’s key player has yet to overcome his injury and, no doubt, he will be sorely missed in Friday’s game against Bastia. Nice occupy third place in the Ligue 1 standings, but, we need to be realistic, les Aiglons are unlikely to book their place in the Champions League qualifier as Monaco and Lyon have both been in a thrilling form of late. In Ben Arfa’s absence Valere Germain will be the man to watch in the home team.

The likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Mickael Le Bihan and Simon Pouplin are all likely to miss the game with injury, but coach Claude Puel has no other injury concerns ahead of the Bastia clash.

Fine form

Following a 2-0 win over Troyes in front of home fans, Bastia did well to beat Reims on the road in their last league game. Thanks to the hard-fought victory over Olivier Guegan’s troops the team managed to put an end to their three-game losing run on the travels, meaning that the visitors are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Nice. Francois Ciccolini’s men are on the right track to secure the top flight survival, but despite being 12 points clear of bottom two they can’t afford any complacency in Friday’s game against Nice. Bastia will have a mountain to climb if they are to upset les Aiglons at Allianz Riviera and, no doubt, the underdogs will be happy with one point from the game. Floyd Ayite has netted seven goals in the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign and the 27-year-old midfielder will be the man to watch in the away team.

Coach Francois Ciccolini can’t count on the likes of Squillaci, Maboulou, Djiku and Cioni (all injury). Julian Palmieri misses the match through suspension.

Quick Facts

  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in Nice’s last five games
  • Nice are on a four-game unbeaten run at home
  • Les Aiglons scored 1+ goals in previous six home games
  • Under 2.5 goals were netted in Bastia’s last nine league matches
  • Les Bleus failed to score in three of their previous four away fixtures

Nice vs Bastia betting tip

Nice have been struggling to find their best form ever since Hatem Ben Arfa suffered a serious injury and I do not believe that the out-of-form hosts are capable of scoring more than one goal in Friday’s Ligue 1 game. On the other hand, Bastia struggle on the travels and taking into account the fact that they failed to score in three of their last four away matches, under 2.5 goals appears on the horizon.

Tip: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.60 (3/5) @Unibet

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