Preview: Nice vs. Lens

Nice vs. Lens Preview – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

In a crucial Ligue 1 fixture, Nice hosts Lens at the Allianz Riviera following contrasting results in their previous outings.

Match Preview

Nice faced a setback in their recent league encounter, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat against Le Havre, which saw them drop points and currently sit five points behind league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

The loss highlighted defensive frailties, conceding more goals in one game than they had in several previous fixtures. However, at home, Nice has been formidable, unbeaten since April and aiming to maintain that record.

On the other hand, Lens arrives after a confident 2-0 victory over Reims, placing them seventh in the standings and boasting an eleven-game unbeaten streak in Ligue 1.

They’ve been solid defensively away from home, securing five consecutive clean sheets, signaling a challenge for Nice.

Team News

Nice will miss Youcef Atal due to suspension, while Jean-Clair Todibo’s red card suspension further weakens their defensive options. Additionally, Sofiane Diop and Khephren Thuram are sidelined due to injuries.

Lens will likely be without Wuilker Farinez and Jimmy Cabot due to ACL issues. Jonathan Gradit and Nampalys Mendy are expected to return in early January from calf and thigh injuries.

Predicted Lineups

Nice: (4-3-3)

Bulka;

Lotomba, Dante, A. Mendy, Perraud;

Boudaoui, Sanson, Balde;

Laborde, Guessand, Claude-Maurice

Lens: (3-4-2-1)

Samba;

Khusanov, Danso, Maouassa;

Aguilar, El Aynaoui, Diouf, Frankowski;

Costa, Fulgini;

Said

Prediction: Nice 1-1 Lens

Nice’s recent defensive vulnerabilities might allow Lens to capitalize, while Lens’ consistent form might pose a challenge. Given Nice’s home strength and Lens’ defensive resilience, a draw seems likely in what could be a closely contested encounter.

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