OGC Nice will be playing host to Brest at the Allianz Riviera for their 26th fixture in Ligue 1. OGC Nice is currently 8th in the French League with 36 points and is fresh from a 2-0 win against Toulouse, courtesy goals by Pierre Lees Melou and Chistophe Herelle. Meanwhile, Brest is currently dwindling at the 13th spot with 33 points and is on the back of back-to-back draws and a 3-2 victory over St. Etienne as Paul Lasne, Gaetan Charbonnier and Irvin Cardona’s goals bagged the three points. A win by two goals or more over OGC Nice could propell Brest to the 8th spot, which makes this fixture an intriguing affair.
Date- Friday, February 21
Kick-Off- 11:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Allianz Riviera
Boudaoui misses out for the hosts due to suspension, while Cyprien and Atal are ruled out as a result of injuries. Having said that, OGC Nice could stick to the same eleven which started in the 2-0 win over Toulouse. Dolberg, Maolida and Ounas are likely to be the front three. Thuram-Ulien, Lees Melou and Claude Maurice could accommodate the midfield region.
Cibois, Mananga Mbock and Diallo are amongst the ones who miss out due to injury for the away side. Other than that, Brest should also persist with a similar eleven that squared off in the 3-2 win over St. Ettiene. Charbonnier is expected to lead the attack, while Cardona, Grandsir, Belkable, and Battoocchio could feature in behind. Belaud, Duverne, Chardonner and Perraud should form the defensive backline.
NIC (Expected Playing 11)-Benitez; Herelle, Danilo, Dante, Sarr; Claude Maurice, Thuram-Ulien, Lees Melou; Ounas, Dolberg, Maolida
BRT (Expected Playing 11)- Larsonneur; Belaud, Duverne, Chardonnet, Perraud; Lasne, Battocchio, Belkebla, Grandsir; Cardona; Charbonnier
Pierre Lees-Melou has been one of the top performers for OGC Nice. Lees-Melou has scored five goals, has six assists and a pass accuracy of 86% from 1983 minutes in the league this season.
Irvin Cardona can pack a punch in the advanced role for Brest, Cardona has six goals, three assists and a pass accuracy of 65.2% from 18 appearances this season.
Kasper Dolberg has impressed while leading the attack for OGC Nice. The 22-year-old has eight goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 78% from 1632 minutes in the league this season.
Gaetan Charbonnier has been one of the standouts from Brest’s end. The midfielder has four goals, five assists and a pass accuracy of 77.1% from 23 appearances this season.
From the last six games between the two sides, it’s OGC Nice which has had the upper hand with three wins in contrast to Brest’s one win. Two games have ended on level terms.
OGC Nice are the favourites heading into the game in front of home support.
Goalkeeper- G Larsonneur
Defenders- C Herelle, M Sarr, Dante, G Belaud
Midfielders- A Claude-Maurice, P Lees-Melou, S Grandsir
Forwards- K Dolberg (C), I Cardona, C Charbonnier (VC)
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