Nice vs Saint-Etienne Prediction 7 May 2016
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Nice vs Saint-Etienne Prediction 7 May 2016

Tournament: Ligue 1
Location: Allianz Riviera
Match date: 05/06/2016 at 17:00

Not so long ago Nice were 3rd in the league looking forward to the end of the season and Champions League qualification. However, due to several bitter mistakes Nice have lost their Champions League spot few games prior to the end of the season. So now Puel’s side are 5th in the standings with 5 points behind 3rd Monaco. Puel’s men have been way more successful at home than away this season. They earned 35 points with 30:16 goal difference at Allianz Riviera. On top of that, Nice won 4 games in a row at home. Notably, they were beaten by Nantes previously thus making it almost impossible to qualify to the Champions League.

Saint-Etienne in turn have been playing rather inconsistently this season. One hardly expected it, but they managed to gatecrash to the top-5 of the Ligue 1. It did happen mostly due to 5-game winning streak. On top of that, they are on 6-game unbeaten run. They managed to outplay Montpellier (3:0), Gazelec Ajaccio (2:0), Troyes (1:0), Bastia (1:0) and Lorient (2:0). Moreover, they tied Toulouse in their latest game. Now the visitors can end quite ambiguous season successfully, although, we should assume they beat sides that were either in relegation zone or have nothing to fight for.

Nice managed to record 1 win, 2 draws and 2 defeats in their last 5 matchups against Saint-Etienne in the Ligue 1. Let’s recall, Nice earned humiliating 4:1 victory in their first encounter earlier this season. Puel’s side are extremely solid at home, they lost only once here after the winter break. We are sticking with the hosts.