OGC Nice v Bordeaux – Allianz Riviera at 16:00 Live at BT Sport

Nice reeled off a third consecutive Ligue 1 victory last weekend to move up to eighth in the standings, level on points with surprise package Montpellier. Mario Balotelli’s goal sealed the points for Les Aiglons, who are finally starting to put their best foot forward once more.

After a hugely inspiring two-legged triumph over Ajax to start the season, injuries to key cogs Jean-Michel Seri and Allan Saint-Maximin had seen the wheels come off to an extent as the club flirted with the bottom three, failing to live up to the lofty heights of last term.

The defence is still a work in progress but Lucien Favre should be able to make what had been a defensively solid side become attack-minded challengers for the European places. With Wylan Cyprien back in the side, Nice now have a real chance to move further up the table before the winter break.

Nice hold plenty of appeal

First up for Nice before Christmas is rapidly collapsing Bordeaux before Les Aiglons take on callow Lille in their final fixture of 2017. Favre will be targeting maximum points from both encounters, especially so against Bordeaux at the Allianz Riviera.

The hosts boast a wonderful W23-D5-L5 record in their last 33 league matches here and they should be well capable of enhancing that record as they welcome an underperforming side whose own form has deteriorated rather than improved of late.

Nice can be backed at 2.25 off a -0.50 Asian Handicap start, an appealing prospect when viewing Bordeaux’s recent displays in more depth.

Wheels coming off for Bordeaux

Les Girondins have slipped from third to 14th over the last 10 games where they’ve won just once and lost seven times, including five consecutive defeats on their travels. The visitors have also collected only one point from a possible 18 in trips to teams above them in the Ligue 1 standings.

To make matters worse, Bordeaux will be without their two top-scorers Malcolm and Alexandre Mendy, both of whom picked up recent injuries. In the seven games the former has missed since the start of last season, Bordeaux has scored just five times. Two of these took place this season and both ended in defeat – against promoted outfits Strasbourg and Amiens.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Nice -0.50 at 2.320

By @MarkOHaire

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