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Nice vs Lens Predictions

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France Ligue 1 | Allianz Riviera | 23rd August
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Nice vs Lens predictions for Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash at the Allianz Riviera. Nice host Ligue 1 new boys Lens on the opening weekend of the 2020/21 campaign. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Nice to Win @ 11/10

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Nice 2-0 @ 17/2

Reason For Nice vs Lens Predictions

  • Nice lost just three times in 15 home games last season.
  • Nice scored exactly two goals in three of their last four Ligue 1 home matches.
  • Lens won just six of their 14 Ligue 2 away fixtures last term.
  • Nice lost just four Ligue 1 home games in total since November 2018.

Nice ready to hit the ground running

Nice will be aiming to build on the impressive 5th place finish they secured last season in the new campaign, and after some interesting summer business, The Eagles look ready for take-off in 2020/21.

Patrick Vieira has overseen a period steady progress on the French Riviera since arriving two years ago, and having added Brazilian centre-half Robson Bambu, former French international Morgan Schneiderlin and gifted winger Rony Lopes to his already talented squad, Nice look ready to kick on under his instruction.

Les Aiglons – who were beaten just three times in 15 Ligue 1 games at the Allianz Riviera last term – start their latest domestic adventure on their own patch against newly promoted Lens, handing Vieira and his players a huge opportunity to start in a positive manner.

Tough opener for Lens

Lens are back in the big time following a five year stay in the second tier of French football thanks to their second place Ligue 2 finish in 2019/20 under Franck Haise, whose performances in dugout as caretaker since February were rewarded with a permanent two-year deal in the summer.

Les Sang et Or were busy market movers ahead of the new season, adding half a dozen new recruits to strengthen their bid for survival, with ex-Udinese midfielder Seko Fofana their most high-profile capture.

It’s interesting to note that Lens had Ligue 2’s best home record last term, though they were often found wanting on the road, winning just six times in 14 attempts overall. That poor return suggests they should find the going tough when visiting one of the strongest home teams in Ligue 1 this weekend.

Nice priced generously to open with a win

The generous prices on offer for a Nice home victory on Sunday are difficult to ignore, and we’re backing Patrick Vieira’s troops to start their season with three points.

Nice finished their previous campaign with a run of nine games unbeaten in 10 assignments at the Allianz Riviera, beating heavy hitters like Monaco and Lyon along the way.

With the club’s recruitment drive generating excitement and last season’s success still relatively fresh in their minds, Nice look excellent value to breeze past newly promoted Lens, and our correct score prediction tips the Eagles to land a 2-0 win.

Nice, who averaged just under 2.0 goals per home game in 2019/20 and notched exactly two goals in three of their final four matches on their own turf, have sufficient quality to bag another brace in this weekend’s opener.

With Lens lacking top flight pedigree, Nice should also be able to keep them at arm’s length on Sunday, and a first game clean sheet looks likely for the hosts.


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