Rivals Collide: Nice Eye Top Spot Against Struggling Monaco at Allianz Riviera

Rivals Collide: Nice Eye Top Spot Against Struggling Monaco at Allianz Riviera

The French Riviera prepares for a fiery clash as Nice, currently sitting second in Ligue 1, host rivals Monaco at the Allianz Riviera Stadium.

Both teams come into the match with contrasting fortunes, setting the stage for an exciting and potentially decisive encounter.

Nice: Unbeaten and Aiming Higher

Riding a four-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, Nice are brimming with confidence. Despite a goalless draw against Brest in their last league outing, they bounced back with a convincing 4-1 victory over Montpellier in the Coupe de France.

Their fortress-like home form is another source of optimism. Unbeaten in all eleven competitive matches at the Allianz Riviera this season, including eight wins, Nice will be aiming to continue their dominance against their neighbors.

Furthermore, a win could see them close the gap with league leaders PSG, adding another layer of motivation to their performance.

Monaco: Inconsistent Form Raises Concerns

Monaco, on the other hand, arrive amidst a turbulent period. Slipping to fifth in the standings, they are winless in their last four Ligue 1 matches, managing only a draw against Le Havre and a penalty shootout defeat to Rouen in the Coupe de France.

Their struggles are highlighted by just one win in their last five competitive outings, raising concerns about their ability to challenge for the win.

Head-to-Head and Prediction

Historically, Nice holds the upper hand in recent meetings. They secured a 1-0 victory against Monaco in September 2023 and are currently on a two-game winning streak against their rivals.

Considering Nice’s impeccable home record, coupled with Monaco’s inconsistency, a victory for the hosts seems likely. Odds of 2.41 for a Nice win reflect this prediction.

Additionally, given their defensive prowess and Monaco’s recent struggles to score, the “under 2.5 goals” bet at 1.85 odds also holds promise. This outcome has occurred in three out of the last four meetings between these sides, further strengthening the prediction.