Nice vs Lokomotiv Moscow
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 15 February 2018
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Nice’s season has been nothing like the previous one, and they should be thrilled to still be active in the Europa League after how they looked in the group stage. They did win three games, but given that it was a rather easy group (with Zulte-Waregem and Vitesse), that wasn’t much of an achievement. In the Ligue 1, they are just 9th, far below their impressive record last season. Actually, they have three defeats in a row. Just last weekend they lost 3-2 at Dijon, while just before that they had lost to Toulouse and Metz. All three are below them in the table, and especially Metz are at the bottom of that, which gives you an idea of the poor form Nice are in these days. They have one of the worst defending records in the Ligue 1, having conceded more goals even than several teams below them in the table.
Major difference between Lokomotiv Moscow and Nice, the Russian side haven’t played an official match since December 11. They played several friendly matches these last two weeks, looking rather average (at best) in most of those. Regardless, they are leading in Russia’s championship, and leading comfortably, eight whole points above second-placed Zenit and Spartak Moscow. They finished 2017 with four wins in a row, as if sending a message to everyone that this is their season. In the Europa League they got themselves in trouble when they lost 2-1 to Sheriff Tiraspol at home, but bounced back with back-to-back wins in their last two games to… restore order. The fact that they haven’t played official matches in two months is definitely not on their side, but what is on their side is that they are facing a team with many problems, and they have the return leg at home.
Previous five matches:
Dijon vs Nice 3-2
Nice vs Toulouse 0-1
Metz vs Nice 2-1
Nice vs Saint-Étienne 1-0
Monaco vs Nice 2-2
Lokomotiv vs Ferencváros 1-2
Lokomotiv vs Strømsgodset 2-2
Lokomotiv vs Kalmar 1-1
Osijek vs Lokomotiv 0-1
Lokomotiv vs Ostersunds 3-3
Nice’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Nantes (France Ligue 1). Lokomotiv don’t have another game before the return leg against Nice next Thursday at home.
Nice vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Head to head Stats
Nice and Lokomotiv Moscow have never played against each other before.
Nice vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Prediction
Nice are considered that clear favourites that their win pays less than 2.00(!). These are the Russia Premier League leaders they are hosting, no matter if they haven’t played an official match in two months. I don’t trust Nice to win, so I’m going with Lokomotiv’s double chance.
Nice vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Betting Tips
Lokomotiv’s double chance is at 1.85, which I definitely prefer to Nice’s win at 1.95. Actually, I have a hunch Lokomotiv will pretty much secure qualification by winning the game. Their victory in “draw no bet” pays an awesome 3.00.
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- FC Copenhagen vs Atletico Madrid
- AEK Athens vs Dynamo Kyiv
- Celtic vs Zenit
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- Lyon vs Villarreal
- Partizan Belgrade vs Viktoria Plzen
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