Nice vs Lyon Predictions

Nice v Lyon predictions for Sunday’s Ligue 1 fixture. Lyon, after starting the new season in disappointing fashion, will attempt to bounce back in the difficult trip to the Cote d’Azur where they will face Nice. Would they prevail? Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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Nice vs Lyon Predictions


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Clash at Allianz Riviera: The Hunt for Redemption

Key Stats
– Lyon enter this clash on a six-match losing streak.
– Nice have lost just two of their previous 16 home games in Ligue 1.
– Despite dominating ball possession, Lyon’s conversion rate remains a concern, highlighted by their latest 4-1 defeat.

As the sun sets on Allianz Riviera this Sunday, Nice and Lyon will be fervently searching for their first win of the 2023-24 Ligue 1 season. Both teams are yet to taste victory, leaving fans and pundits eager for the outcome of this showdown.

Nice’s Roller-Coaster Start

Francesco Farioli’s Nice have experienced a tumultuous beginning. In their opening game, Nice nearly clinched a win against Lille, but Bafode Diakite’s last-minute equaliser ensured both teams walked away with a point. Then, against Lorient, Evann Guessand’s promising strike was offset by Sirine Doucoure’s leveller, resulting in yet another 1-1 draw for Les Aiglons. Despite their offensive prowess, where they commanded 21 shots and dominated ball possession, they’ve been plagued by an inability to see out matches.


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Last season’s inconsistency at home, a mixed bag of seven wins, draws, and losses each in 19 matches, still lingers in the memory. The charismatic Farioli has an uphill battle to transform the Allianz Riviera into an impregnable fortress and win the trust of Nice fans, many of whom remain sceptical due to his somewhat unproven track record.

Lyon’s Dismal Beginning

Lyon’s season trajectory sharply contrasts with their historic reputation. The team suffered two consecutive defeats, with their most recent one, a crushing 4-1 against Montpellier, highlighting their vulnerabilities. Even when Lyon dominated, amassing a staggering 65% possession and 23 shots against Strasbourg, they came up short. In contrast, Strasbourg made their mere two on-target attempts count.

Adding salt to the wound, Lyon’s woeful pre-season saw them fail to secure a single win or even score a goal. Laurent Blanc’s team is in dire straits, entering the Sunday clash on the back of a six-game losing streak.

Squad Dynamics and In-Play Strategy

Both teams face selection dilemmas. For Nice, injuries to Antoine Mendy and Alexis Claude-Maurice compounded by Jeremie Boga’s uncertainty makes Farioli’s job tricky. Yet, fans are excited to see the young prodigy Khephren Thuram in the midfield, flanked by Pablo Rosario and Morgan Sanson.

Lyon’s predicaments deepen with Alexandre Lacazette’s suspension. The responsibility might fall on Bradley Barcola’s shoulders, supported by new recruit Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Making Predictions: What’s In Store?

  • Battle of Dominance: Considering Nice’s strong home form and Lyon’s commendable away scoring record last season, a both teams to score scenario seems plausible. Moreover, with both teams displaying attacking intent but struggling defensively, this prediction is further justified.
  • Correct Score Prediction: Given the offensive strengths and recent defensive vulnerabilities of both teams, a 2-2 draw is a potential outcome. It acknowledges the attacking talent on display while recognising defensive frailties.
  • Goalmouth Action: Eyes will be on Evann Guessand, who has already found the net for Nice. Given his form, he could be the player to get on the scoresheet during this encounter.


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