Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(57) 44 Goals 27 (45)
(31) 23 Assists 17 (32)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.7)
27.4 Average Age 29.1
181.8 Average Height (cm) 180.3
(0.8) 1 Shots pg 1 (0.9)
(47%) 49% Aerial Duel Success 47% (50%)
(0.4) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.3)
(1.4) 1.3 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.3)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Ligue 1.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Jérémy Pied Out 6.65
Diacko Fofana Out 6.26
Stéphane Bahoken Out 6.28
Cyril Hennion Out N/A
Moussa M'Bow Out N/A
Mahamane Traoré Out 6.89
Player Reason Status Rating
Gil Out 7.32
Gaël Danic Out 7.08
Francis Kama Massampu Out N/A
Mody Traoré Out 6.2
Pape Camara Out 6.21
Rémi Gomis Out 6.61
Dusan Djuric Out N/A
Benjamin Angoua Out 6.86

Team News

  • Nice have a clutch of injury worries heading into the game.
  • Stephane Bahoken has a leg injury, while Diacko Fofana and Moussa M'Bow both have knee problems.
  • Cyril Hennion and Jeremy Pied have yet to return to fitness, and Mahmane Traore is away at the African Cup of Nations.
  • Valenciennes have no new concerns, but will be without Gael Danic, who is set for a long spell on the sidelines with a broken leg.
  • Defender Gil and midfielder Remi Gomis are both still out, and they join Pape Abdou Camara, Mody Traore, Dusan Djuric and Kama Massampu in the treatment room.
  • Benjamin Angoua also misses out after being called up to the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nations.

Prediction

  • Nice will hope to continue their excellent campaign when they take on an equally impressive Valenciennes side at the Stade du Ray.
  • Les Aiglons are in contention for a European place after a superb first half of the season, which has owed much to the form of Argentinian striker Dario Cvitanich.
  • However, the 28-year-old will have his work cut out against a Valenciennes defence that has been the backbone of a side that has stunned many by competing for a place in the top six.
  • The long-term loss of Gael Danic has been a big blow to Daniel Sanchez's side however, and with Nice famously very strong at home, it is difficult to see the visitors taking anything from this encounter.
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