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Nice - Marseille Betting Preview: Expect a a low-scoring encounter at the Allianz Riviera

Nice - Marseille Betting Preview: Expect a a low-scoring encounter at the Allianz Riviera

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Elie Baup has made Les Phoceens a particularly tough nut to crack away from home and Al Hain-Cole is backing against goals at both ends when they visit their southern rivals

A Mediterranean derby takes place in Ligue 1 on Friday evening as Nice welcome Marseille to the Allianz Riviera.

Les Aiglons have won both games at their new stadium since it was opened in September and are available at 9/5 (2.80) with Coral to make it three from three against their southern rivals.

Elie Baup's men will be desperate to get back to winning ways after suffering successive defeats against Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain before the international break and are slight 6/4 (2.50) favourites to come out on top here.

Two of the last three encounters between these sides have resulted in draws and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on them cancelling each other out in this one.

While the hosts are unbeaten on home soil this season, their visitors are yet to taste defeat on the road, thanks largely to an unsurpassed defensive record of just two goals conceded in five trips.

Baup has put together a team that are hard to beat above all else, having clinched second place last season despite possessing just the 14th most prolific attack in the French top flight, with relegated Troyes among the myriad sides to hit the net more frequently than Les Phoceens.

This conservative streak is particularly pronounced away from home, where Marseille have made up for a paltry return of 24 goals scored in 24 games since the former Nantes manager took over by conceding just 20 in that period.

With this in mind, a free-scoring games seems unlikely on the Cote d'Azur on Friday evening, particularly as Claude Puel's team share their guests' aversion for end-to-end encounters.

Goals have been scored at both ends in just eight of Nice's last 35 league games and eight of the visitors' last 26 on the road, making odds of 10/11 (1.91) too good to pass up on backing against both teams scoring on Friday evening.

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'No' on both teams to score for a 1.5pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with Coral

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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