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Nice - OL : Do as well as in the Coupe de France (3 PM, BeIN Sports 1)

Published on 01 February 2020 at 7:00 AM
Nice - OL : Faire aussi bien qu'en Coupe de France (15h sur BeIN Sports 1)
OL are traveling for the second time this week to the Allianz Riviera in Nice but this time for the 22nd matchday of Ligue 1 Conforama. After defeating their hosts in the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France (1-2), OL will have to do the same this Sunday to continue their rise up the table.

The context

Lyon have just beaten OGC Nice in the same stadium where Rudi Garcia's players will again be in action this Sunday. With six wins and qualification for the final of the Coupe de la Ligue to their credit, OL have thus far had a 2020 of renewal both in their style of play and in their results. The transfer window has also given much reason for cheer, as the club have been strengthened with the arrival of Karl Toko Ekambi and Bruno Guimarães. So, all signals are go for the moment for OL, who could not hope for better results than their current run to gradually erase a start to the season which had been lacklustre.


The challenge

L’objectif est clair pour l’Olympique Lyonnais. Continuer à gagner pour garder cette confiance acquise depuis début janvier. D’autant plus que les Lyonnais ont accumulé un certain retard en championnat et qu’ils ne peuvent plus se permettre d’abandonner le moindre point pour atteindre leur objectif. Le podium est largement accessible dans une Ligue1 Conforama plus indécise que jamais mais pour cela les actuel 5èmes du championnat devront se donner corps et âmes dans cette deuxième partie de championnat. Ainsi une victoire face à Nice permettrait de se rapprocher un peu plus de l’objectif européen fixé par Jean-Michel Aulas en début de saison. Et c’est surtout en cas de faux pas de la part de Marseille, Rennes ou Montpellier, qu’une victoire serait d’autant plus intéressante d’un point de vue comptable pour les Lyonnais.


The objective is clear for Olympique Lyonnais. Continue to win to keep up the level of confidence acquired since the beginning of January. Especially since Lyon are lagging in the league table and they can no longer afford to give up a single point to reach their goal. The podium is within reach in a Ligue 1 Conforama more competitive than ever, but for a team currently sixth in the championship, OL will have to give body and soul in this second part of the championship. A victory against Nice would make it possible to get a little closer to the European objective set by Jean-Michel Aulas at the start of the season. With a false step by Montpellier and the potential for another by Marseille later this evening, a victory here would make the table all the more interesting for Lyon.


The opponent

Actuellement à trois points de l’OL, l’OGC Nice pourrait remonter au classement et rattraper son adversaire direct en cas de victoire. Mais rappelons que les Sudistes sont en difficulté depuis le début d’année en championnat puisqu’en deux rencontres, les Niçois sont repartis avec deux petits points avec deux matches nuls contre Rennes et Angers. Heureusement pour Nice, les deux victoires en Coupe de France avaient donné un bol d’air au club mais la récente élimination contre Lyon justement, datant de jeudi, a replongé les joueurs de Patrick Vieira dans le doute. Seule une victoire permettrait aux Niçois de se relancer, ce qui promet donc un match palpitant avec un fort enjeux de chaque côté.


Currently three points behind OL, OGC Nice could move up the table and draw level with their direct opponent if they won. But remember that the Southerners have been struggling since the start of the year in the league; in their last two matches, Nice recorded two points from draws against Rennes and Angers. Fortunately for Nice, the two Coupe de France wins had given the club a breath of fresh air, but the recent elimination against Lyon on Thursday, will have put Patrick Vieira's players in doubt. Only a victory would allow Nice to revive their hopes of pushing for Europe, something which promises an exciting match with high stakes on each side.


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