Nice vs Ajax Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Nice vs Ajax Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Nice and Ajax will square off at the Allianz Riviera on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Champions League qualifying third round tie. Nice come into this clash on the back of a 2-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach in a friendly fixture a week ago thanks to goals from Alassane Plea and Vincent Marcel. On the flip side, Ajax lost 2-0 against Lyon in a friendly game a week ago. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Nice looked much better in pre-season than Ajax and despite their departures this summer, they still have a better squad than the Amsterdammers. Furthermore, Nice’s home form over the past few months has been impressive and managed to score at least two goals in ten of their last 15 home fixtures across all competitions. On the other hand, Ajax have struggled on the road over the past five months, winning just three of their last ten away games across all competitions. I’m expecting a very well contested affair, but I think that Nice should be able to maximize their home advantage.

Nice to win at 6/5

Both teams to score - Yes at 5/6

 

Nice have conceeded only 3 goals in their last 2 games against Ajax

Ajax have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 10 games

Ajax have conceeded only 3 goals in their last 2 games against Nice

AVG Goals

3.4

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Nice Form Guide

Nice Team Logo

Nice

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
W A

07-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Stade Nyonnais Team Logo Stade Nyonnais

FT 2 - 4

(HT 0 - 3)

L H

14-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Sporting CP Team Logo Sporting CP

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

21-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Sporting Charleroi Team Logo Sporting Charleroi

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Torino Team Logo Torino

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Saint-Etienne Team Logo Saint-Etienne

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

L H

11-08-2018

Ligue 1

Reims Team Logo Reims

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

18-08-2018

Ligue 1

Caen Team Logo Caen

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

25-08-2018

Ligue 1

Dijon Team Logo Dijon

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

31-08-2018

Ligue 1

Lyon Team Logo Lyon

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

14-09-2018

Ligue 1

Rennes Team Logo Rennes

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

Ajax Form Guide

Ajax Team Logo

Ajax

Won

7

Draw

3

Lost

0
D A

07-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

Standard Liege Team Logo Standard Liege

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

D H

11-08-2018

Eredivisie

Heracles Team Logo Heracles

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

14-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

Standard Liege Team Logo Standard Liege

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

18-08-2018

Eredivisie

VVV-Venlo Team Logo VVV-Venlo

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

22-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

Dynamo Kyiv Team Logo Dynamo Kyiv

FT 3 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

W H

25-08-2018

Eredivisie

FC Emmen Team Logo FC Emmen

FT 5 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

28-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

Dynamo Kyiv Team Logo Dynamo Kyiv

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

02-09-2018

Eredivisie

Vitesse Team Logo Vitesse

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 3)

W H

15-09-2018

Eredivisie

FC Groningen Team Logo FC Groningen

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

19-09-2018

Champions League Grp. E

AEK Athens Team Logo AEK Athens

FT 3 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Nice Preview

Nice have enjoyed a successful pre-season campaign, winning four of their five friendly fixture, with their only defeat coming at the hands of Slavia Prague a fortnight ago. Apart from their game against Slavia Prague, Nice managed to score at least two goals in each of the other four friendlies. Nice finished third in Ligue 1 last season, although they challenged for the league title for the first six, seven months of the season. The problem is that Nice have been quiet on the transfer market during this summer window, while two of their best last season’s players in the shape of Younes Belhanda and Ricardo Pereira have returned to their clubs after loan spells. Nice’s most notable arrivals during the summer window are Jean-Victor Makengo and Pierre Lees Melou from Caen and Dijon respectively. Nice can count on their home form ahead of this clash as they have only lost once in their last 14 home fixtures across all competitions. This is Nice’s first appearance in the Champions League, but they have featured in the Europa League in the past and their recent home record reads two loss and one win at their new stadium.

Nice Team News

Wylan Cyprien is still missing through injury, but the good news is that Alassane Plea is back in the team following his long-term injury.

Ajax Preview

On the other hand, Ajax have only played two friendly fixtures throughout this pre-season campaign, registering one win and one defeat in this term. The Amsterdammers finished as runners-up in the Eredivisie table last season, just one point behind the eventual winners Feyenoord. Regarding their Champions League recent record, Ajax suffered a humiliating elimination at the hands of Rostov in the play-offs last season. However, the Amsterdammers managed to reach the Europa League final last season, losing 0-2 at the hands of Manchester United. Ajax’s away record in the Champions League over the past four years has been awful as they have only won once in their last nine games. In addition, Ajax are without a victory in their last six European games against French opponents. The Amsterdammers have only played two games under new-coach Marcel Keizer, after their former manager Peter Bosz moved to Borussia Dortmund two months ago. In terms of transfers, Ajax have lost their captain Davy Klaassen, who joined Everton this summer, but managed to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Schalke, who returns to the club which brought him into the International stage.

Ajax Team News

Norbert Alblas is out due to a broken wrist.

Nice Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Ajax Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.5

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Nice vs Ajax Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
30 GK Yoan Cardinale 181 84
2 LB Arnaud Souquet 174 70
20 CD Maxime Le Marchand 185 72
31 CD Dante 187 82
23 RB Malang Sarr 180 70
13 LM Valentin Eysseric 181 73
26 CM Vincent Koziello 168 61
7 RM Pierre Lees-Melou 185 67
6 CM Jean Michael Seri 168 67
11 CF Bassem Srarfi 176 71
9 CF Mario Balotelli 189 88
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Andre Onana 190 82
5 CD Davinson Sanchez 187 81
3 LB Joel Veltman 182 73
4 CD Matthijs de Ligt 187 80
26 RB Nick Viergever 183 78
6 CM Donny van de Beek 181 76
20 CM Lasse Schoene 178 75
10 CM Hakim Ziyech 180 70
25 CF Kasper Dolberg 186 75
45 LF Justin Kluivert 175 67
11 RF Amin Younes 168 70