Preview: Brest vs Nice – predictions, team news, roster –

Sports Mole provides an overview of Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash between Brest and Nice, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

After an impressive first half of their Ligue 1 campaign, Pleasant have a chance to extend their unbeaten road race to six matches in all competitions when they travel to Stade Francis Le Blé on Sunday to face Brest.

The Côte d’Azur team are second after their first 19 meetings, while Les Pirates are eight points behind in 12th, having failed to win their last two league games of 2021.

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Brest is approaching 2022 by seeking to get back on track at home after a temporary setback for the end of 2021, when it was handily beaten by Montpellier HSC (4-0).

Last year may not have finished the path Michel Der Zakarian had hoped, but the former Armenian international has been able to make progress with this group in his first season on the sidelines.

His side have suffered six losses in their opening 19 league games in 2021-22, three fewer than at this point last season when they avoided a relegation playoff by just one point.

Even though their last home game last year was their worst loss of the campaign, there is a lot to like about Brest’s performance at the Francis Le Blé stadium.

This defeat against Montpellier is the only time in their last five games in all competitions where they have conceded at home and also their only defeat during this streak.

They started this year with an impressive performance in the Coupe de France, dominating Bordeaux with a 3-0 victory, shooting 13 shots on target while allowing just two.

Nice head coach Christophe Galtier pictured in August 2021© Reuters

Nice have had a good start to the 2021-22 campaign, winning their last two league games in December as they are 11 places higher than a season ago at this point.

Christophe galtier explains clearly why he deserves to win again the title of Manager of the year in the French championship, because the man who led Lille to the national title a season ago has Les Aiglons on track for potentially their best result of a campaign since 2016-17 when they came third.

In their first 19 games they didn’t always start well, conceding the first goal 10 times, but they were generally able to pick themselves up and react well, winning four of those games.

Galtier has built a solid baseline, which can create and develop play from deep within his end with good full-backs, while relying on extremely wide play to stretch the pitch.

Their defensive posture has been exceptionally strong so far as they are tied with PSG for the second fewest goals conceded this season (17) after allowing 53 in their previous campaign.

They are an organized team that can maintain a compact low or medium blocking system that can thwart opposing attacks, while their high press has created plenty of turnovers.

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Team news

Brest manager Michel Der Zakarian pictured in August 2021© Reuters

Midfielder Haris Belkebla will only be available in Brest at the end of January because he is on an international mission at the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria, Romain Del Castillo is a question mark with a groin injury and Sebastien cibois continues to recover from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Brest qualifies for the knockout stages of the Coupe de France thanks to the captain’s goals Steve mounie and their leader assists Romain Faivre, since each of them scored from the penalty spot against Les Girondins, the other count being courtesy of Jeremy Le Douaron.

Favire scored the only Brest goal of Franck Honorat during their previous meeting with Nice last year, but it was too little too late as they lost 2-1 as this strike came in stoppage time.

Nice could miss a few players for this clash, including Alexis Claude Maurice, who has a foot injury, while Robson bambu is struggling with an ankle problem.

In their last league game of 2021, they had a solid second half, erasing a 1-0 deficit against Lens, thanks to goals from Mario lemina and Justin kluivert, both created by Pablo Rosario, his first two assists so far in this Ligue 1 campaign.

Twelve different players found the back of the net for Nice, and the last time they faced Brest they had some unlikely heroes, with Jean-Clair Todibo and Melvin bard totaling what so far is their only goals so far this season.

Starting composition possible in Brest:
Bizot; Duverne, Herelle, Chardonnet, Pierre-Gabriel; Honorat, Agoumé, Faivre, Magnetti; Mounie, Le Douaron

Nice starting composition possible:
Benitez; Atal, Todibo, Dante, Bard; Boudaoui, Rosario, Lemina, Kluivert; Delort, Gouiri

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We say: Brest 1-2 Nice

As good as Brest have been at home this season, Nice are just as strong on the road and don’t seem intimidated by opposing crowds.

Nice tend to react well despite a few slow starts, and they showed a lot more focus and determination late in this campaign.

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