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Ajax v Nice Betting Tips: Shortage of goals unlikely at Amsterdam Arena
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Ajax v Nice Betting Tips: Shortage of goals unlikely at Amsterdam Arena

After a 1-1 draw in the French Riviera last week, this is one of the many Champions League ties that are finely poised ahead of the second-leg. As things stand, it is probably Ajax who’re the happier of the two teams as they both avoided defeat and got on the score-sheet away from home. Having said that, Nice will be pleased that they restricted the Dutch to just the one away-goal last week and will know that all it takes is an away-goal of their own to turn things in the Dutch capital. As we saw last week, both of these…

Lille v Nice Betting Tips: Visitors too big in the betting
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Lille v Nice Betting Tips: Visitors too big in the betting

Two teams who’ve been in decent form in Ligue 1 recently go head-to-head on Friday night as Lille play host to high-flying Nice. Nice’s superb season did look for a long time as though it might culminate in title glory, but this now looks fairly unlikely with both Monaco and PSG ahead of them in the table. The gap between themselves and top spot is only five points, and, although it’s unlikely that the two big guns will both falter, Nice will want to continue winning in order to be on hand to take advantage of any slip-ups. Lille are…

Nice v Montpellier Betting Tips: Fans at Allianz Riviera in for goals
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Nice v Montpellier Betting Tips: Fans at Allianz Riviera in for goals

Having lead the way in Ligue 1 for almost the entirety of the first half of the season, Nice now find themselves down in 3rd place, but if they can continue winning then there’s every chance that they can, at the very least, keep the pressure on the top-two. Having said this, against a visiting Montpellier side who’re in decent form right now, the hosts will need to be at the top of their game to get the desired result on Friday night. Although the visitors aren’t likely to make any real headway in Ligue 1 this season – they’ve…

Guingamp v OGC Nice Betting Tips
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Guingamp v OGC Nice Betting Tips

Ligue 1 leaders Nice travel to take on Guingamp on Wednesday night in a match that, given the form of both right now, doesn’t look an easy task for Lucie Favre’s men. It is perhaps a surprise, especially considering we’re now 14 matches in, to see someone other than PSG sitting top of Ligue 1, but Nice have enjoyed a decent campaign so far and currently head the table, although PSG and Monaco are hot on their heels (just one point behind). It is perhaps because of Nice’s surprisingly strong form, along with Monaco’s blistering scoring run, that a team…

FC Krasnodar v OGC Nice Betting Tip
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FC Krasnodar v OGC Nice Betting Tip

These two sides are relative unknowns in European football but are making new waves in their own domestic leagues. Krasnodar, although they have fallen away recently, will feel they still have a relatively decent chance of challenging for the Champions Leauge places in the Russian Premier League whilst OCG Nice sit top of Ligue 1 ahead of the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco. Although there was a lot of bemusement when Oleg Kononov left his role as Krasnodar manager just before Europa League matchday one, the Bulls have done very well since his departure. Despite the chaos surrounding the…

Nantes – Nice. Laure James’ prediction (VIDEO)
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Nantes – Nice. Laure James’ prediction (VIDEO)

There’s a certain fragility around Nantes at the moment, who tumbled 2-0 to Montpellier before picking up a point against Marseille. But they were far from convincing. Six spots behind fourth-placed Nice, they’re neither as ‘free’ and relaxed-looking, nor as confident. Meanwhile Valère Germain and Hatem Ben Arfa have spearheaded the visitors’ ability to compete and they work well together; Ben Arfa lending his experience as provider on several occasions for young Germain. Nice to win is available at quite a generous 2.50 with William Hill. Single: Lost Nantes - Nice 30.04.2016 13:00 BST French Ligue 1 Bet: Nice to…

Nice – Reims. Mark O’Haire’s prediction (VIDEO)
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Nice – Reims. Mark O’Haire’s prediction (VIDEO)

Despite taking a 1-0 lead at Lyon and playing against 10 men for well over an hour, Nice were unable to land a significant blow in the race for a top-three finish in Ligue 1 and subsequent Champions League qualification. Nevertheless, Claude Puel’s men remain two points adrift of third and will be hoping to overtake Lyon on Friday night, should they see off relegation-threa tened Reims at the Allianz Riviera. Nice have thrilled for large swathes of the season under Puel’s tutorship and a confident performance saw them surprisingly romp home 3-0 against fellow Champions League chasers Rennes in…

PSG – Nice. Laure James’ prediction (VIDEO)
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PSG – Nice. Laure James’ prediction (VIDEO)

Looking at form, Nice have an edge. Already champions, PSG have lost two of their last four league ties. Nice meanwhile are third in Ligue 1 and have won their last three matches, but will be without Mathieu Bodmer, and Jérémy Pied is suspended. Laurent Blanc has said Serge Aurier will be avaialble after serving a club ban for controversial comments he made about his team-mates, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in a Periscope video last month.  Watch out too for a special tribute to Johan Cruyff from Hatem Ben Arfa. They’re both capable of high-scoring, Both Teams to Score and No…

Montpellier – Nice. Laure James’ prediction (VIDEO)
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Montpellier – Nice. Laure James’ prediction (VIDEO)

I won’t be rash enough to say the wheels have completely come off for Nice, they’re fourth in Ligue 1 and are a whole eight points clear of Saturday’s opposition but lately they’ve dipped. I definitely think Montpellier are capable of continuing good current form of three wins and two draws in their last five league ties, and home form against Nice. The visitors, however, know they need to generate an upward curve. William Hill are offering both teams to score and Montpellier to win at la Mosson for a big and brave 4.75. Single: Lost Montpellier - Nice 12.03.2016…

Nice – Lorient. Mark O’Haire’s prediction (VIDEO)
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Nice – Lorient. Mark O’Haire’s prediction (VIDEO)

Are Nice a credible candidate to finish in the Champions League qualifying positions? Les Aiglons pocketed three points against previously second-placed Angers last Friday to move within a point of the top-three. Claude Puel’s team are now unbeaten in four and have shown their ability to grind out results as well as produce sparkling swashbuckling counter-attacking football. It’s the potential to be a potent mix. Nice should have enough quality to see Lorient on Saturday as the hosts bid to win three successive home fixtures for the first time since February 2014. Lorient have managed just two triumphs in 12 (W2-D7-L3)…

Nice – PSG. Laure James prediction
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Nice – PSG. Laure James prediction

Just as Paris Saint-Germain failed to get out of the blocks against Angers, they will find an equally, if not perhaps tougher test against Nice. Claude Puel’s men can hold their own in defence, while PSG are lacking creativity. Laurent Blanc’s confirmed Javier Pastore is still working on regaining full fitness, while Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti are doubts. We had a bit of luck with predicting the correct score in Monaco’s 1-1 tie with Caen, so we’ll stick with a score draw. Ladbrokes are offering a score draw in Nice v PSG at 5.50. Single: Lost Nice - PSG…

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