Preview: Nice vs. Troyes: prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash between Nice and Troyes, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

a fighter nice side will welcome Troyes at the Allianz Riviera on Sunday afternoon looking to resurrect their shaky start to the Ligue 1 season.

Nice sit below Sunday’s opponents in the table, having picked up a disappointing eight points from their first nine matches.

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Nice head coach Lucien Favre pictured on September 15, 2022©Reuters

Finishing the season in fifth place last time out, Nice secured qualification for the Europa Conference League, however the team from the south of France have been unable to replicate their performances so far.

Starting the weekend in 13th place, Nice’s less than resounding start to the campaign has seen them take just two wins from their first nine outings.

One of those wins came against 2020-21 champions Lille, but the only other team Nice have beaten this season was bottom side AC Ajaccio three games ago.

Back-to-back defeats on both sides of the international break, including last weekend’s loss to leaders Paris Saint-Germain, have seen Nice slip back down the table, with Les Aiglons now just a point above the relegation from Ligue 1.

By contrast, Troyes have enjoyed a relatively strong start to the season, collecting a modest 11 points from their first nine Ligue 1 games.

Just outside the top 10 as things stand, Troyes are enjoying a small unbeaten run, with last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Reims backing up their 3-1 win over Clermont Foot from two weeks earlier.

While the European positions are probably out of reach for ESTAC, their main aim will be to stay out of the relegation battle, having almost avoided relegation last season.

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Just six points separated Troyes from returning to Ligue 2 last year and recent encounters suggest they may be within striking distance of Nice this weekend.

Winners in two of the last four meetings against Nice, Troyes are confident of taking advantage of their opponent’s shaky form.

Of course, those two victories are the only two that Troyes have enjoyed over Nice since 2006, a long run of 10 competitive meetings.

Nice Ligue 1 form:

Good form (all competitions):

Form of Troyes Ligue 1:

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Nicolas Pepe of Nice in action with Svetozar Markovic and Slobodan Urosevic of Partizan on September 15, 2022©Reuters

A muscle injury from rony lopes He is likely to keep the striker out of action this weekend, but he should return to Troyes before the end of the month.

It’s been a long and winding road back from injury for karim azamoumwhose anterior cruciate ligament problem has kept him out for more than a year, but the centre-back is likely to return in the near future.

Former Fulham defender jose bryan He has enjoyed an impressive start in Nice, but the 29-year-old is unavailable this weekend due to a groin injury.

Similarly, Hichem Boudaoui he is missing due to a back problem, and the pair are unlikely to be out beyond the end of October.

Jean-Clair Todibo he received a red card in Nice’s last home game, meaning the defender will not be in action for the hosts.

Good possible starting lineup:
bulk; Lotomba, Atal, Dante, Bardo; Pepe, Lemina, Thuram, Diop; Delort, Laborde

Troyes possible starting lineup:
Gallon; Salmier, Palmer-Brown, Porozo; Bucket, Kouame, Agoume, Tradieu, Larouci; Ripart, Bucket

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We say: Nice 1-1 Troyes

Nice need to change their form if they are to climb back into the European standings before the end of the season, with Sunday’s clash arguably the perfect opportunity in their minds to make amends for the mistakes of the previous weeks.

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Troyes will not be easy for Nice as this weekend’s meeting is likely to end in a draw.

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