Football Form Labs give us the preview for this big game in Ligue 1
Nice v Marseille - Sunday 19:45, BT Sport 1
Nice are just one of four sides to remain unbeaten in Ligue 1, yet they’ve made the headlines for their exploits off the field rather than on with renowned troublemaker Mario Balotelli arriving at the club. The transfer represents a major coup for Lucien Favre’s team and in what could be the striker’s last chance to prove himself at the top level he’s available at 3.1 to score anytime on debut.
Local rivals Marseille will be happy to have secured their first win of the season prior to the international break, though they would expect nothing less at home against a poor Lorient side. Since that win there have been plenty of distractions at OM with the club in the process of being sold and a flurry of new players brought in at the end of the transfer window.
Marseille have found the net in 18 of their last 20 road games dating back to the start of 2015/16, with a W7-D7-L6 record, but they look worse off now than the team that finished 13th last campaign, particularly after their star striker Batshuayi made his £30m move to Chelsea. With the club’s current state of flux both on and off the field, all things point towards a Nice win at an inviting 2.68, especially given the home side look stronger man-for-man and have won 10 of their last 12 at the Allianz Riviera.