Nice vs Montpellier 12/18/2015 Ligue 1 Preview, Odds and Predictions
Montpellier vs Nice
Friday 18th December 2015 14:30 (ET)
The Line: Nice 5/4 Draw 11/5 Montpellier 12/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: BT Sport; Fox Sport
With Nice hosting Montpellier on Friday night we will see two of Ligue 1's best teams go head to head. Nice have had a rough time of it lately losing three of their last five but this is a talented team and they will look to get back on track here at home. Ben Arfa has been a revelation since returning to football and although he is occasionally considered lazy his ability to create and score goals supercedes his perceived lack of work ethic. Ben Arfa has played his way back into the French national squad and his form for Nice created that possibility , Germain and Ben Arfa hav linked well all season and they will be the key for the home team if they are to break down a tough Montpellier side.
Montpellier come into this game in good form, the 2011/12 Champions have a decent side and they are playing their way back up the table after a poor start to the season. Montpellier have been something of a draw specialist away from home especially over the last two months where they have played four away games and drawn three of them. Montpellier have three wins in their last five though and are one of the form teams in the league looking to move up to the top half with a win here.
While it's difficult to say exactly why Nice have struggled for form of late it has coincided with a dip in form from Ben Arfa. Montpellier are the form team here though and I think that taking the away side on the handicap is the best bet here , Montpellier are a good price to win outright but given their paucity for draws I wouldnt be surprised if we seen this one finish 1-1.