Ligue 1: Last Chance for Nice to Snatch a Champions League PlacePublished April 22, 2016 by Florin P
Nice and Reims square off in high stakes match on Friday (7:30 p.m UK Time).
Nice is still on the chase for a Champions League berth and despite its recent struggles, it is well-positioned to make a successful run. The team is in dire need of points and failing to win at home against Reims will compromise their chances altogether. The visitors are not going to go down without a fight, but they are more interested in salvaging a point in their quest to avoid relegation.
4 Victories in the Last 6 Games
Nice has an impressive track record, winning on four occasions in March and the first two weeks of April and only lost to PSG and Lyon. Now they have home pitch advantage and this means a great deal for the Southerners, and they won most of the games at home.
The injury list was reduced to just four players and with two of them being used as substitutes throughout the season, their absence should go unnoticed. Offensively, the team looks rock-solid and Germain will spearhead the attack, after scoring eleven goals this season. The hosts will throw everything they’ve got at Reims and will come out firing on all cylinders, hoping to take the lead by halftime.
The Specter of Relegation Still Looming
Reims currently sit above the relegation line, but their advantage is minimal and can be squandered with a single false step. Winning in Nice would help them insure presence in the French first division for one more season, but a single point would also help greatly.
The visitors are hampered by injuries and with half of their backline uncertain ahead of this game, the manager will have to use a makeshift defense. Under these circumstances, it is worth taking a leap of faith with the home side and back Nice to win with bet365 Sports. The odds are also surprisingly high and they currently sit at 9/10.