Nice vs Marseille predictions and betting tips for this Ligue 1 game on Wednesday 28th August. Can Nice continue their sensational start to the campaign in this ‘Southern Derby’?
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Nice’s opening couple of fixtures were never going to be particularly tough, but Les Aiglons have come out on top in both games. They have a pair of 2-1 victories to the start the campaign, and there should be a feel good factor around the Allianz Riviera on Wednesday night. Investment is set to arrive on the Cote D’Azur courtesy of Britain’s richest man – Jim Ratcliffe. INEOS have taken over the club, and have promised signings before the close of the transfer window on September 2nd. There won’t be any new arrivals ahead of this fixture, but incomings are expected after a modest summer which saw just one new face at the club. Last season, Nice were watertight at the back, and were rarely penetrated, however they scored just thirty goals last season, and the fact that they have sold a number of attacking players over the last couple of seasons hasn’t helped matters. They’ve netted four times already this campaign, and they will be tough opposition for any side on their own patch. Walter Benitez returns to the side for this fixture, and he should add some assurance between the sticks.
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It hasn’t gone according to plan for Andre Villas Boas at Marseille so far. It is still early days, but the Portuguese is struggling to get a tune out of OM. They’ve picked up just a single point from their opening two games, and although a 0-0 with Nantes saw them improve, they are yet to score a goal this campaign. There is very little money at the club for the former Spurs boss to make some last minute signings, and he must make do with his current squad. They haven’t been helped by Florian Thauvin’s recent absence, although he looks set to return later this week. If he does feature in this game, it is likely to be from the bench. Villa-Boas didn’t sound particularly confidence in his post-match press conference at the weekend, and he acknowledged that it will be tough against a well-organised Nice side. There are still a number of good players in the squad with the likes of Valere Germain and Luiz Gustavo still at the club.
Looking at the odds for this one, it’s hard to work out the reason for the quotes of 21/10 for Nice to win this game. It could potentially relate to the head-to-head record which heavily favours OM. They’ve won each of the last five stagings of this derby, and the bookies are expecting them to continue that dominance on Wednesday. However, there is a togetherness about OGC and Patrick Vieira has proved that he can organise a defence superbly. Something isn’t quite right at Marseille, and although I expect AVB to turn things around, it could take longer than expected. I’m happy to back the hosts at a juicy price in this one.
There are rarely many goals when these sides meet, and the last two games have ended 1-0. Nice have netted four times this season, but aren’t prolific, and they may find this Marseille defence tough to break down. Likewise, OM are yet to register, and they’ve looked devoid of ideas in the final third at times. Don’t expect this to be a classic, but it should be hard fought. Under 2.5 Goals is available at 8/11 with Bet365
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