The Allianz Riviera in Nice will be the stage on Tuesday, January 9, of the dispute of a place in the semifinals of the League Cup. From 18h (Brasília time) will duel Nice and Monaco. The setting happens in single game. If there is a tie, the definition will happen in penalties.
Nice’s recent performance
On Saturday, January 6, Nice fell out of the French Cup on their debut. Against Toulouse, at the home of the rival, lost by 1 to 0. Although it was an elimination against a team that is in a lower position in Ligue 1 and fighting to not be demoted, the failure can not be considered a surprise.
Irregularity has been the mark of the 2017/2018 season of Nice. The team, which was well in the dispute of the Europa League, had a very bad start in the French Championship and even got to frequent the region of the sticking. It has, indeed, been the recovery. He completed the first round in sixth place.
With 27 points (eight wins, three draws and eight losses), however, he can not have big ambitions in the final stretch of the tournament. The difference for Olympique de Marseille, which closes the zone of classification for European competitions, is 11 points.
A part of the blame for this performance can be placed in the rather lean squad that coach Lucien Favre has at hand. This does not allow him to intensively promote the cast’s relay. For this Tuesday’s game, you will not need this feature. Almost all players are available. The only exception is defender Christophe Jallet (14 games in the French Championship 2017/2018, no goal). It depends on medical evaluation to know if you can act.
In the League Cup, Nice made its debut in the round of 16. He faced home Lille, another team that struggles to avoid relegation in Ligue 1. They drew 1-1 in regular time and only advanced on penalties.
The current form of Monaco
Highs and lows have also marked the Monaco campaign. In the last ten matches, for example, he did not draw a single game. It was six wins and four losses. The team ended up falling in the first phase of the Champions League but managed to survive in the French Cup. On Saturday, January 6, he thrashed Moulins-Yzeure 5-2.
In the French Championship, the team is doing what is possible. With the title practically in the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, battle by the vice. Has 41 points (13 wins, two draws and four losses). Divide the second place with Lyon, although it takes advantage in the criteria of tie-breaker.
In the League Cup of France, he also made only one match. In the round of 16, at home, he confirmed his favoritism by scoring 2-0 at Caen.
Coach Leonardo Jardim also has almost all the athletes from his squad for this Tuesday’s duel. Of the players who can be considered starters, only the midfielder Youri Tielemans (12 matches in the French Championship 2017/2018, without a goal) is doubtful. Recover from a knee injury.
History of the bouts between Nice and Monaco
In the last four times the teams were face to face the home factor was decisive. Nice took the best on two occasions and the Monaco was a winner in the others. The most recent meeting, on the Riviera, in September, had a Nice win: 4-0.
The irregular campaign of the two teams increases the degree of uncertainty regarding the result. A possible conservative stance that has great chances of being adopted by both indicates the draw as a good option. The price is 3.40 in Rivalo. Success of home owners pays 3.20 and visitors earns 2.20 for each real bet.