Nice x Bastia
- With Hatem Ben Arfa injured, Nice have struggled to retain their place in Ligue 1's top-three which has been highlighted in their inability to beat Marseille and Bordeaux in recent weeks. They will, however, be confident they can protect their ticket into the Champions League for at least another week when they return to home soil on Friday, where they have won four of their last five league matches.
- Bastia secured their first away win of the season when they overcame relegation rivals Reims by the smallest margin a fortnight ago, which moved them further away from the relegation zone with a game in hand. They were, however, unable to build on that result last weekend as their meeting with Nantes was postoponed for security reasons.
- The hosts will face four relegation-threatened sides in the coming weeks, starting this Friday against Bastia, and will be strongly motivated to push one of their fiercest rivals deeper into danger at the Allianz Riviera
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