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          Last updated 19/07/2024

          Nice vs Clermont Foot Prediction, Tips & Stats

          Two mid-table sides meet at the Allianz Riviera Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as Nice and Clermont Foot battle to keep their longshot European dreams alive.

          Nice go into the weekend in ninth place in Ligue 1, with a two-point gap to Reims above them, and a further five-point jump to Lyon in seventh. After a poor run of results, their ambitions of qualifying for a European place have taken a huge hit and are looking more and more impossible – with ten-point gap to fifth place Lille who occupy a UEFA Conference League spot. Just seven games remain in Ligue 1 as the curtain begins to fall on another season in the French top tier.

          Clermont Foot also occupy a mid-table position, surpassing many expectations to swerve away from a relegation battle. Following their promotion from Ligue 2 in 2021, Les Lanciers managed to survive the drop last season by one place, so will have been expected to battle for their Ligue 1 status again this year, with an extra relegation place to avoid. Instead, Clermont find themselves in 11th place, 14 points away from the bottom four. Pascal Gastien’s side are two points away from Lorient in tenth and their Sunday opponents, Nice, with a five-point cushion over Toulouse in 12th. A win would see CF63 leapfrog Nice and go into the top ten.

          Nice began the start of the year well and went on a good run where they were unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions, winning eight, before slipping away in the last couple of months. Didier Digard’s side are currently on a run of six games in all competitions without a win, winless in their last six league games, and losing their last two Ligue 1 games on the bounce. April has been a dire month for the Riviera outfit, starting with a disappointing draw away to a bottom-of-the-table Angers side. Nice followed their draw with Angers up with a home defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, before losing away to Brest came in-between their UECL Quarter-final against FC Basel. After drawing the first leg with the Swiss side in Switzerland, Nice were knocked out in extra-time on aggregate by Basel on Thursday after a 2-1 defeat. The hosts took the lead inside ten minutes, before a late Jean-Kevin Augustin goal took it into extra time. Kasim Nuhu’s 98th-minute strike was enough to send Nice out of the competition.

          Clermont Foot will arrive in Nice full of confidence, currently on a three-game winning streak in Ligue. Gastien’s men beat Ajaccio 2-1 at home, before a 2-0 win away to Troyes. Last Sunday, CF63 made it three consecutive victories with a 2-1 home win over Angers – despite ending the game with nine men! The away side took the lead before two penalties turned the game in Clermont’s favour just before halftime. Neto Borges saw red in first-half stoppage-time for the hosts, but Angers couldn’t take advantage of the extra man in the second half. Clermont were reduced to nine men in injury time, but still held on to secure the three points.

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          Nice Team News

          Former Juventus and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and defender Youssouf Ndayishimiye sat out the league game last weekend against Brest but were returned to the starting XI on Thursday so could continue in the side on Sunday.

          Sofianne Diop remains a long-term absentee with a knee injury, whilst right-back Jordan Lotomba is also sidelined with an ankle injury.

          Arsenal loanee Nicolas Pepe made his return from a knee injury on Thursday, coming on as a second-half substitute against Basel. Nice will also be checking on the fitness of Youcef Atal who will be stepping up his recovery from a hamstring injury.

          Leicester City legend Kasper Schmeichel will feature as Nice’s first choice ‘keeper, whilst the goal threat will be Lorient loanee Terem Moffi, who has 16 Ligue goals this campaign.

          Clermont Foot Team News

          Clermont Foot will be without full-backs Neto Borges and Alidu Seidu following their red cards last weekend. Gastien will have to check on the fitness of striker Komnen Andric who has returned to individual training following a groin operation.

          Baila Diallo remains injured with a toe injury, whilst Ouparine Djoco is still out with a back problem. Jim Allevinah should be available after returning from an injury.