Nice and RB Salzburg are heading to their fourth game in the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League group stage, when one of the Euro 2016 venues will stage second clash between both sides. “Allianz Riviera” in Nice should be a real battlefield on Thursday evening, 3 November 2016, when it comes to the European ambitions of Nice and RB Salzburg. This can be last chance for both teams in certain circumstances, since Nice and “The Red Bulls” remain behind the two Group I leaders – Schalke 04 and FC Krasnodar, who respectively have 9 and 6 points after first three legs. “The Eaglets” from Nice are third with three points, which were won two weeks ago, when Alessane Pléa has scored the only goal at the “Red Bull Arena”. Thus Salzburg lost third successive game and Austrian champions are on last (4th) position in Group I, meaning that everything else than victory in France may put an end of their hopes for eventual breakthrough to the Europa League knockout phase.
Nice vs RB Salzburg – Team News and Match Preview
Hosts from Nice can be extremely delighted by their performances so far in the season, as Lucien Favre’s men were fourth in final 2015-2016 Ligue 1 standings, but just couple of months later Nice is at the very top. Eleven (11) rounds have already passed in French Ligue 1 and “Eaglets” are flying above all main contenders, occupying the peak with 29 points, having six points clear advantage compared to runner-ups PSG and AS Monaco. Last weekend Nice won 4-1 vs Nantes and that was fifth consecutive win for the French side in all competitions, as well as seventh in last 8 games. Only negative result in that period was the 2-5 defeat by FC Krasnodar (in Russia), so Nice must chase victory at any price, if Lucien Favre wants to remain in contention with the top two sides.
RB Salzburg are third in Austrian Bundesliga where Oscar García’s men are on four points behind leaders Sturm Graz. Anyway, “The Red Bulls” have plenty of time to defend their domestic trophy and they must give their best if they want to keep their Europa League dream alive.
Good news in Austrian side are coming with their recent results as RB Salzburg won its three domestic games, all after the home defeat by Nice. Thus “The Red Bulls” regained part of the lost confidence and champions of Austria will try to spoil Nice’s winning streak.
Nice vs RB Salzburg – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Nice aims to win in sixth consecutive game which can boost their chances for promotion to the Round of 32. Especially if FC Krasnodar losses in Gelsenkirchen and Nice wins here, then French Ligue 1 leaders will level “The Bulls” from Krasnodar in the standings and we must remind they have upcoming duel on French turf.
Lucien Favre may refresh his starting XI, compared to the team that started against Nantes on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile left-back Dalbert Henrique is ruled out due to a knee injury, while captain Paul Baysse and midfielder Rémi Walter are both doubts. All other players are ready for battle and everyone in Nice is inspired by the great attacking partnership between Alassane Pléa and well-known Italian striker Mario Balotelli, who revived his career after his summer move at the French Riviera.
Salzburg arrived in France without injured trio including names of Christian Schwegler, Wanderson and Smail Prevljak. Anyway, only Brazilian attacker Wanderson can boast with a decent number of first-team appearances through the season, so Oscar García doesn’t have some serious injury worries here.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
We believe French club will repeat its achievement from two weeks ago, when Nice won on Austrian turf, while this time they have the home advantage. Moreover, great spirit spread in everyone from Nice and their strong attacking formation can be decisive for the final outcome in this clash, whether Lucien Favre plans some particular rotations or not. He can still name strong starting lineup and we expect “Eaglets” to grab all the points from RB Salzburg on Thursday night. Home win (1X2 Betting) – Nice to win vs RB Salzburg in matchday 4 of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League group phase.
Venue: “Allianz Riviera”, Nice.
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek from Turkey.
Possible starting lineups of Nice and RB Salzburg
OGC Nice: Yoan Cardinale – Ricardo Pereira, Malang Sarr, Dante, Arnaud Souquet – Vincent Koziello, Wylan Cyprien, Mathieu Bodmer – Valentin Eysseric, Alassane Pléa, Mario Balotelli. (4-3-3)
RB Salzburg: Alexander Walke – Andreas Ulmer, Dayot Upamecano, Paulo Miranda, Stefan Lainer – Valon Berisha, Diadie Samassekou, Konrad Laimer, Valentino Lazaro – Hee-Chan Hwang, Jonathan Soriano. (4-4-2)
EUROPE: Europa League - Group Stage - Round 4
21:05 Nice - Salzburg
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