Zulte-Waregem vs Nice
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 14 September 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Zulte-Waregem didn’t finish higher than 6th in last season’s championship in Belgium, but they won the Cup (they beat KV Oostende on penalties, after a dramatic 3-3 draw), so not only they earned a ticket to the Europa League, but a direct one to the group stage. This is their first time there since 2013, since in 2014 they failed to go through the qualifiers. Last weekend they drew 2-2 at home to Kortrijk, and now have 10 points from six matches at the start of the new championship campaign in Belgium.
After being one of the most pleasant surprises in last season’s Ligue 1 in France, Nice faced Ajax in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, eliminating them, despite not beating them (1-1 draw at home, 2-2 in Amsterdam). Napoli though, in the playoffs, were a class (or two) above them, beating Nice twice, both in Italy and away. Lucien Favre, Nice’s coach, said after the return leg against Napoli that the Europa League, not the Champions League, is where his team belong(!), quality-wise, and now it remains to be seen how well they can do in Europe’s second biggest international club competition. Last weekend they were fantastic against Monaco, thrashing the current Ligue 1 champions 4-0(!). Despite that, they are only 11th in the table, on six points from five matches.
Previous 5 matches:
Zulte-Waregem vs Kortrijk 2-2
Sporting Charleroi vs Zulte-Waregem 3-2
Standard Liege vs Zulte-Waregem 0-4
Zulte-Waregem vs Club Brugge 1-2
Zulte-Waregem vs Sint-Truiden 2-0
Nice vs Monaco 4-0
Amiens vs Nice 3-0
Nice vs Napoli 0-2
Nice vs Guingamp 2-0
Napoli vs Nice 2-0
Zulte-Waregem’s next game is on Sunday, at home against Mouscron (Belgium championship). Same day, Nice will be visiting Rennes (France Ligue 1).
Zulte-Waregem vs Nice: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Zulte-Waregem vs Nice: Prediction
Nice drew 2-2 in Amsterdam early August, but in three away matches since then they have failed to score, losing all three. Even so, against this very unreliable (at the start of the season) Zulte-Waregem, they should score just enough to win the game.
Zulte-Waregem vs Nice: Betting Tips
Nice’s win is at 2.25 betting odds, I’m not suggesting it without serious reservations, so to minimize the risk I’m leaving special bets aside.
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