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Nice - OL: Moving forward

Published on 18 December 2020 at 6:00 AM
Nice - OL : repartir de l'avant
Olympique Lyonnais travels to the Allianz Riviera in Nice for the 16th Matchday in Ligue 1. Thre days after dropping points in a furious draw against Brest, OL must get back to winning ways to reassure themselves and not lose touch with the leading teams.

The context

Unbeaten in 12 games, OL however have had a small letdown in not winning at home against Brest. The draw brought Rudi Garcia's men down to third place in the standings, two points behind Lille leader, and one back of PSG, who they defeated last weekend. Nevertheless, this draw should not make us forget a very good run for Les Gones: seven wins and two draws (23 points out of 27 possible) over their last nine meetings. The busy schedule at the end of the year also means that Lyon can quickly forget this draw at home and get back to winning to resume their march up the table.



The challenge

A week after the big match between PSG and OL, Ligue 1 will experience another big match this Sunday as LOSC welcomes Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the round. The opportunity is therefore an ideal one for the Lyonnais to take maximum points before seeing two of their direct opponents face each other. A good result in Nice would put pressure on these two teams and would also be a good way to warm up before the last home game and the winter break.



The opponent

After some smart recruitment and a qualification for the Europa League, the Niçois could legitimately harbor serious ambitions for this 2020-2021 season. However, not everything has gone as planned and after a five match losing streak in all competitions, Patrick Vieira was dismissed, replaced by his assistant, Adrian Ursea. The latter obtained his first victory this week away to Nîmes, but the road is still long Les Aiglons, who remain vulnerable. And as the holidays approach, OL  should be properly inspired so as not to give their Riviera counterparts an early gift.

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