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Nice v Napoli Betting: Favre's outsiders seek fighting chance of qualification

4:00 am AEST 23/8/17
Wesley Sneijder Nice Guingamp Ligue 1 19082017
While they may have been outclassed at the San Paolo, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Ligue 1 club to hold their own against the Partenopei on home turf

Nice will be aiming to overturn a 2-0 aggregate deficit when they welcome Napoli to the Allianz Riviera for Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier second-leg.

Goals from Dries Mertens and Jorginho saw Les Aiglons leave the Stadio San Paolo with a mountain to climb, but they are available at 3/1 (4.00) with Genting to keep their European dreams alive with a victory in front of their own fans.

Having followed up that first-leg win by seeing off Hellas Verona 3-1 in their opening Serie A game at the weekend, Maurizio Sarri’s team are 17/20 (1.85) favourites to increase their aggregate lead by coming out on top once again.

The hosts were held to a 1-1 draw by Ajax in their previous home game in this competition, and there are odds of 14/5 (3.80) on offer for this clash to also finish all square.

With away fans banned and star duo Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder both absent, the trip to southern Italy was always going to prove a tough task for a team that had only ever won once in 20 European away games.

However, Lucien Favre’s men will be feeling rather more optimistic when they return to home turf, where they have won 15 out of 22 fixtures in continental competition.

What’s more, Saturday’s Ligue 1 victory over Guingamp will have provided a timely confidence boost for a side that lost both of their two opening league matches, with Balotelli and Sneijder’s involvement serving as an additional bonus.

With nothing left to lose, a side that won more home games than Paris Saint-Germain in last season’s French top flight are not to be underestimated as they fight to stay in Champions League contention.

While it may not be enough to pull off a memorable comeback, odds of 17/20 (1.85) certainly seem worthwhile on Nice at least earning a draw against Napoli.

Nice to win or draw for a 2pt stake at 17/20 (1.85) with Genting