By Eskender Tamrat

When: 9:00AM EST, Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Where: Stadium Municipal, Toulouse, France

Betting Line: OFF

TV Coverage: beIN Sports

 

OGC Nice (21-10-2) will hope to consolidate their faintest of title hopes with a win at mid-table side FC Toulouse (10-11-12) on Sunday. Lucien Favre's side already secured a top three finish (meaning a place in next season's Champions League) following the comeback win against AS Nancy (8-7-18). Toulouse lost at En Avant de Guingamp (12-8-13) and dropped to eleventh in the standings.

Goals from Alassane Pléa, Younès Belhanda and Jean Michaël Seri helped Nice to a comfortable win in the sides' first meeting back in early December. Favre's side, who was top of the table back then, couldn't repeat such flattering scoreline ever since, although they only lost once in 2017. Mario Balotelli, who continues to attract attention with his social media antics, is expected to return to the team following a one-game suspension.

Nice

With the additional Europa League fixtures in their calendar, many expected Nice to struggle following their last season's fourth-placed finish. But they are taking their game to a higher level under the Swiss tactician Favre, and they are still in the title race. The group stage elimination in Europe is considered as a blessing in disguise, as their squad size put to test in the second half of the season. After the Toulouse fixture, Nice will host Paris Saint-Germain (24-5-4) and visit Olympique de Marseille (14-9-10) in their next two games in their bid to an improbable title. They will finish the successful campaign with games against Angers SCO (11-6-16) and Olympique Lyonnais (17-3-12). The future of Balotelli and Favre, among other players, will certainly dictate the headlines in the summer.

Toulouse

After keeping the clean sheet for three games in a row, Toulouse lost at Guingamp in a battle between two mid-table sides. Pascal Dupraz's side is building a reputation for shutting out opponents since February, as they kept five clean sheets in their last eight games. Goals have been rare in their part, too, with only three goals to their name in the span. The fixture list will see them tackle back-to-back fixtures against two of the clubs who will represent Ligue 1 in Champions League next season, as they will travel to face AS Monaco FC (24-5-3) after Sunday's home game against Nice. The final three fixtures will see them face three sides currently in the relegation dogfight, with home games against Stade Malherbe Caen (9-6-18) and Dijon FC (6-11-16) sandwiched by a trip to FC Metz (9-9-15).

Key Stats

1. Nice already surpassed their last season's point tally by ten points.

2. Toulouse didn't concede a goal for more than five and a half hours of play until Guingamp's Jimmy Briand netted against them from a penalty-kick on last Saturday.

3. In 21 head-to-head fixtures between the sides at Toulouse, there have been 7 wins each for the clubs and 7 draws.

The Pick

Nice will continue their unbeaten home run with a pair of goals and a comfortable road win against Toulouse.

Nice 2, Toulouse 0

Ligue 1 , soccer , Toulouse , Nice