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Bitesize Prediction: Nice vs Clermont – 25/02/24

Tom Dunstan in Betting Tips and News, Ligue 1 24 Feb 2024

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Competition: Ligue 1

Market: Nice win

Odds: 1/2 @ BetUS

Desperate to make a crucial return to winning ways on Sunday afternoon, Nice will welcome Clermont to the Allianz Riviera.

Starting with the hosts, while Nice might have continued to receive a string of plaudits from across France’s elite this season, Francesco Farioli’s men are seeking a recent boost. Last seen getting hit with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Lyon, the Eaglets have recorded just a single victory from any of their previous four domestic appearances across all competitions. Nevertheless, extending on their Coupe de France adventure earlier in the month as they secured a 4-1 romp away at Montpellier, Nice still find themselves sat in the driving seat to punch a famous Champions League ticket in 2024. With the mood around the Allianz still at a red-hot high, Sunday’s hosts will certainly be smelling the chance to make another Ligue 1 statement here. Likewise, despite being last seen in front of their own supporters slumping to an action-packed 3-2 defeat against Monaco, Farioli’s men have won all of their other seven domestic showdowns at the Allianz Riviera. It should also be noted, the Eaglets have suffered just a single defeat on home soil across any format so far this season.

As for the visitors, while Clermont might have sprung a real Ligue 1 upset last season as they secured a top-half finish, Pascal Gastien’s men are enduring a real crisis this time around. Last seen putting in another downbeat display as they suffered a routine 3-1 drumming away at Rennes, the Lancers are rightfully tipped as a landslide relegation contender in 2024. Opening this weekend’s fixtures sat rock-bottom of the table and six points adrift of top-flight safety, Clermont have recorded just a single victory from any of their previous 11 straight Ligue 1 appearances – a run that stems all the way back to November 12th. Likewise, losing back-to-back showdowns on the road by an aggregate score of 7-1, Gastien’s men should also be concerned by their most recent meeting against Sunday’s hosts. Suffering a 1-0 defeat when they welcomed Nice to the Stade Gabriel-Montpied for their reverse Ligue 1 meeting back on October 27th, we are expecting a similar outcome here.

Bet: Nice 1/2 to beat Clermont in Sunday’s Ligue 1 matchup @ BetUS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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