NIC vs LYN Dream11 Match Prediction: OGC Nice will be taking on Lyon for the Round of 16 in the French Cup as both clubs look to advance to the quarter-finals of the cup campaign. Goals by Danilo Barbosa da Silva and Ignatius Ganago sealed the tie against Red Star for OGC Nice. Meanwhile, Lyon and Lile engaged in a 2-2 game which was later decided on penalties. Lyon made the most of it as they secured stages through 4-3. In terms of league standings, Lyon is fifth in the league with 32 points, while Nice is just three points away to Lyon, but the goal difference positions them at 12th in what seems like a congested midtable battle.
Date- Friday, January 31
Kick-Off- 1:25 AM (IST)
Venue- Allianz Riviera
Head coach Patrick Vieira should persist with a similar eleven that squared off in the 2-1 win over Red Star. Walter Benitez is expected to start in at goal. Abeiku Quanash, Alexis Claude Maurie, Christophe Herelle and Danilo could be in the line of defence. Dante, Hichem Boudaoui and Ignatius should accommodate midfield. Meanwhile, Kasper Dolberg, Stanley N’Soki and Wylan Cyprien should be in the advanced role.
Ciprian Tatarusanu is expected to keep between the sticks, while, Jason Denayer, Marcal, Marcelo and Rafael should be fitting in at the backline. Houssem Aouar, Maxence Caqueret and Thiago Mendes should be starting in midfield, while, Maxwel Cornet, Moussa Dembele are likely to lead the attack.
LYN (Expected Playing 11)- Tatarusanu; Denayer, Marcal, Marcelo, Rafael; Houssem Aouar, Caqueret, Mendes; Traore, Cornet, Dembele
NIC (Expected Playing 11)- Benitez; Quansah, Calude Maurice, Herelle; Danilo, Dante, Boudaoui, Gango; Dolberg, S N’Soki, Cyprien
Wylan Cyprien has been pivotal for Nice in the midfield position. Cyprien has seven goals, three assists and a pass accuracy of 87.6% from 1774 minutes this season.
Moussa Dembele has been lethal on the front foot for Lyon. The 23-year-old has 12 goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 72% from 20 appearances this season.
Stanley N’Soki has been vital in defence for Nice. N’Soki averages 2.5 tackle per game and has a pass accuracy of 82% along with an assist from 772 minutes this season.
Thiago Mendes in the central role has done well for Lyon. The Brazillian has six assists and a pass accuracy of 86.8% from 1523 minutes in the league this season.
(Disclaimer: Cup competitions could lead to unconventional starting lineups. It is advisable to take a look at the teams once they’ve been announced prior to kickoff)
Goalkeeper- W Benitez
Defenders- F Marcal, Rafael, Dante
Midfielders- H Aouar, A Claude Maurice (C), D B d Silva. W Cyprien
Forwards- B Traore, M Dembele (VC), K Dolberg
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