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Nice vs Paris Saint-Germain Preview & Betting Tips
Paris Saint-Germain set to extend perfec start to Ligue 1 season with win at Nice (Getty Images)

Nice vs Paris Saint-Germain Preview & Betting Tips


Paris Saint-Germain will put their seven-match domestic winning streak on the line when they face Nice in a Ligue 1 clash at the Allianz Riviera on Saturday. The Parisians boast a solid record against the hosts and should maintain their 100% start to the season.

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Nice are coming off a hard-fought 2-1 victory away at Nantes in their midweek Ligue 1 fixture. Defender Christophe Jallet gave the visitors the lead while Jean-Victor Makengo struck the winner after the hosts had drawn level in the second half.

The hosts have endured a difficult start to life under manager Patrick Vieira having claimed just three wins in their opening seven matches. They have also suffered three defeats in that run and are currently sitting 11th on the table.

Nice have been hampered by several injuries this season with the likes of Mario Balotelli and Danilo Barbosa currently sidelined. Myziane Maolida is expected to continue in attack but the striker is yet to find the net after six matches.

Nice will be withouth forward Mario Balotelli once again as they look set to struggle against PSG (Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain


The Parisians travel to Nice off the back of an emphatic 4-1 victory over Reims in their previous league fixture. Edinson Cavani struck a brace while a Neymar penalty and a late goal from Thomas Meunier earned Thomas Tuchel's team all three points.

PSG continue to maintain their perfect record in the French league with seven wins from as many matches. The win against Reims means they are now eight points clear at the top of the standings with the chasing pack all dropping points in recent weeks.

French forward Kylian Mbappe is set to return to the team following his three-match suspension. The 19-year-old scored four goals in three Ligue 1 matches before his suspension and will be looking to continue that run.

Head-to-Head 


There have been 39 previous matches involving Nice and PSG with the Parisians leading the head-to-head by 20 wins to 11. The champions have also come out on top in recent meetings with four wins in the last six fixtures.

Thomas Tuchel's team did the double over Nice last season as they won 3-0 at home before securing a 2-1 victory at the Allianz Riviera.

Match-Up


Kylian Mbappe's return will be an added boost to the rampant Parisians as the young striker has scored four goals in the league this season. The World Cup winner will join Cavani and Neymar in attack with all three men expected to be too strong for Dante, Malang Sarr and Christopher Herelle.

Nice on the other hand have struggled in attack with Balotelli out injured. Maolida has scored no goals in the league this season and is expected to find it difficult against Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.

Paris Saint-Germain's forward Kylian Mbappe returns from suspension and should play a key role in clash with Nice (Getty Images)

Key Statistics


  • Nice have lost 4 of their last 6 matches against Paris Saint-Germain (All Competitions).
  • Nice lost 4 of their last 5 home matches against Paris Saint-Germain (All Competitions).
  • Paris Saint-Germain have won their last 7 matches (Ligue 1).
  • Paris Saint-Germain have won 8 of their last 11 away matches (Ligue 1).
  • Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe has scored 4 goals in his last 3 matches (Ligue 1).

Verdict


Paris Saint-Germain’s perfect record this season see them start as strong favourites. They should secure all three points while Kylian Mbappe is expected to mark his return to the team with a goal.

Best Bet: Paris Saint-Germain Win & Over 2.5 goals @ 1.75
Anytime Goalscorer Bet: Kylian Mbappe @ 2.00

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