Nice vs Zulte-Waregem
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 23 November 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Only complacency can cost Nice the qualification for the last 32 of the Europa League. They did lose both games to Lazio, back-to-back, but their six points against Zulte-Waregem and Vitesse, and mostly their 5-1 triumph in Belgium back in September, speak for themselves about who are the second best team in the group. Focusing on numbers, even a draw in this game would be enough for Nice to practically secure the second spot, they would remain two points above Zulte-Waregem, and they are visiting Vitesse in two weeks, while the Belgian side will get tested at home against Lazio, but… this being Nice, a draw in this game would be a failure. Last weekend they drew 1-1 at Caen. Incredibly, they are 14th in the Ligue 1, 14th (I repeat it, and it still feels hard to believe), right above the relegation line.
Seeing how poor Nice have been this season domestically, Zulte-Waregem could be seen as a potential party spoiler in this match, shocking the Ligue 1 side with an unexpected home loss, but… the Belgian side have not been much better in their own championship, not to mention that 5-1 humiliation by Nice at home, back in September. They are on four points from four matches, they are just two points behind Nice, they are playing the last group game at home against already qualified Lazio, their mission to finish second is not… impossible, but their football, their performances, and their numbers, leave someone with the feeling that they simply don’t have what it takes to pull this… colpo grosso at the expense of Nice. Last weekend they lost 1-0 at home to Genk. They are just 9th in Belgium’s championship.
Previous five matches:
Caen vs Nice 1-1
Nice vs Dijon 1-0
Lazio vs Nice 1-0
PSG vs Nice 3-0
Nice vs Strasbourg 1-2
Zulte-Waregem vs Genk 0-1
KV Oostende vs Zulte -Waregem 4-2
Vitesse vs Zulte-Waregem 0-2
Zulte-Waregem vs Mechelen 2-1
Anderlecht vs Zulte-Waregem 2-0
Nice’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Lyon (France Ligue 1). Same day, Zulte-Waregem will be visiting Club Brugge (Belgium championship).
Nice vs Zulte-Waregem: Head to head Stats
Their game earlier this season, was the first ever between these two.
Nice vs Zulte-Waregem: Prediction
Even this way below average – domestically – Nice, should beat Zulte-Waregem, the same team they thrashed 5-1 away from home back in September, let me remind you.
Nice vs Zulte-Waregem: Betting Tips
Nice’s win pays just 1.45. “Over 2.5 goals” is at 1.65 betting odds, and these two combined promise a rather satisfying 2.05.
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