Saint-Etienne vs Nice
France Ligue 1
Date: Saturday, 5th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:00 UK
Venue: Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
Cheikh M’Bengué appears ready to put a frustrating season filled with injuries behind him as the first choice left-back.
Bryan Dabo, with Christophe Galtier now gone, looks set to fulfill the promise he brought with upon arriving from Montpellier a year ago.
With Kévin Malcuit having departed for Lille, youngster Ronael Pierre Gabriel begins the season at right-back.
Mario Balotelli has been ruled out after being injured in the first leg Champions League meeting against Ajax.
Wylan Cyprien also remains a long-term injury doubt as he recovers from ACL surgery.
Dalbert could start here at left-back, with youngster Malang Sarr moving inside to partner captain Dante.
Saint-Etienne vs Nice Head to Head [H2H]:
07.02.17 OGC Nice 1 – 0 AS Saint-Étienne (1 – 0)
18.11.16 AS Saint-Étienne 0 – 1 OGC Nice (0 – 0)
07.05.16 OGC Nice 2 – 0 AS Saint-Étienne (0 – 0)
26.09.15 AS Saint-Étienne 1 – 4 OGC Nice (1 – 3)
09.05.15 AS Saint-Étienne 5 – 0 OGC Nice (2 – 0)
OGC Nice have defeated AS Saint-Étienne in their last 4 encounters in the league
AS Saint-Étienne have lost all of their last 3 league matches by margin of 2+ goals
AS Saint-Étienne have lost at half time/full time all of their last 3 league matches
OGC Nice have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 3 games against AS Saint-Étienne in Ligue 1
OGC Nice are undefeated in 34 of their last 38 Ligue 1 games
AS Saint-Étienne haven’t lost a match in 16 of their last 19 home matches in Ligue 1
OGC Nice haven’t lost in 13 of their last 15 matches in Ligue 1
AS Saint-Étienne have won just 1 of their last 8 league games
OGC Nice haven’t lost a match in 7 of their last 8 away matches in Ligue 1
AS Saint-Étienne have managed just 1 wins in their last 7 home league games
OGC Nice are undefeated in 6 of their last 7 games against AS Saint-Étienne in Ligue 1
AS Saint-Étienne have drawn 4 of their last 5 home league games
In 9 of OGC Nice’s last 10 Ligue 1 matches both teams scored
OGC Nice have been drawing at HT/FT in 3 of their last 5 away Ligue 1 matches
OGC Nice to Win.