Having delivered another winner in his featured column on Saturday, SlipsTips shares his verdict from Sunday afternoon's clash between Nice and Clermont Foot in Ligue 1.
Nice vs Clermont Foot (Sunday, 14:00)
Nice will be aiming to make it five Ligue 1 wins on the spin when they face Clermont Foot on Sunday afternoon.
The third-placed hosts can afford to harbour dreams of Champions League football after producing some eye-catching performances under Christophe Galtier in the first half of the season.
Meanwhile, Clermont Foot ended a four-game winless run with a 2-1 win over Rennes last time out, but they are still hovering just two points above the relegation zone in 15th and look vulnerable against Les Aiglons.
Unsurprisingly, the odds on offer for Nice to secure another three points are a little too short to support, but we can back the home team with a -1 Asian Handicap hurdle at an appetising 101/100 (Bet 365).
Siding with this selection will provide profit if Nice triumph by two goals or more but it also gives us added insurance if Galtier’s side win by a solitary strike – an outcome that would see our stakes refunded.
As already alluded to, Nice enter this contest in a rich vein of form after racking up five French top tier wins on the trot and they ought to be further buoyed after toppling star-studded Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France on Monday night.
What's more, Nice have bagged a minimum of two goals in each of those last five aforementioned Ligue 1 successes, which does not bode well for a Clermont Foot team who more often than not tend to suffer a bout of travel sickness.
The Clermont-Ferrand outfit have already lost 4-0 at PSG and Monaco and were hit for six at Rennes earlier this season, and they could suffer a similar fate at the Allianz Riviera on Sunday.
In fact, Les Lanciers have the second-worst away record in France’s top flight this term, not to mention Pascal Gastien's guests have slumped to defeat in five of their last six Ligue 1 road trips.
With all that in mind, coupled with the fact that the visitors have failed to score in four of their last six league matches, I’m more than happy to back in-form Nice to cover a -1 Asian Handicap at 101/100 (Bet 365).
- Nice -1 (Asian Handicap) – 101/100 (Bet 365)