Nice v Bordeaux | Betting Preview

Date: August 23, 2014
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice, France
Time: 19:00 hours BST

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Ligue 1 has just started but already French football fans are finding out which teams could have an outside chance of beating PSG to the title. Bordeaux is one of those teams, and they are only one of two teams in France who won their first two games.

In their next match, they are coming up against a Nice side who will be looking to stay in the top flight this year, having narrowly escaped relegation just in the previous season.

Form

Nice: L-L-D-W-D

A preseason with awful results from Nice was quickly forgotten about as they got off to a flying start in the league with a 3-2 win over Toulouse and a 0-0 draw with Lorient. But Bordeaux will be a much stiffer test for Nice.

Bordeaux: D-D-W-W-W

After an average preseason, Bordeaux got off to a flying start in Ligue 1. Their first result was a 1-0 win over Montpellier. Their second was the most impressive, as they came from behind to defeat Monaco 4-1 (although it’s not as impressive as one might think as Monaco haven’t picked up a single point yet this season).

Key Players

Nice: Dario Cvitanich

The Argentinian forward will be crucial to the French sides hopes of Nice doing as well as they did in 2012-13. The 30 year old will have to set a good example for a young Nice side, and show his know how to be able to finish any chances that may comes his way against top teams like Bordeaux.

Bordeaux: Their defence

Having scored five goals so far this season, one may have expected a forward to be the key player. But not so, as their defence has been impressive as well- conceding only one goal. The offense will likely get goals at Bordeaux, but the defence is more questionable. So, Tiago Illori, a centre back on loan for Liverpool, could be key this match.

Betting Advice

Bordeaux are the favourites, and based on form should win this match comfortably. They start out at 2.5 with Coral and I also feel we could have a high-scoring game – with the same bookmaker offering 2.5 for that to happen.