Nice have found a bit of form in recent weeks and can give their European hopes a boost with a win at Angers this evening.
Les Aiglons have lost just once in their last five games and that defeat came at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain. The Cote d’Azur club are currently seventh in the standings but a win this evening would push them up to fifth, putting pressure on Rennes and Montpellier ahead of their games over the weekend.
Angers shouldn’t be underestimated and they go into the game unbeaten in four. The hosts are seven points clear of danger and although the job isn’t done yet it looks as if they will avoid the drop out of Ligue 1.
After a seven-game winless run on the road Nice seem to have found some away form with two successive victories. Lucien Favre’s men have managed seven goals in their last two away games, at Guingamp and Troyes, and should be able to continue their march to Europe with a win this evening.
Nice look good value at 7/4 and the away win in this one is my top bet for the Friday night football in Europe.
There is also a Bundesliga clash as Wolfsburg host Augsburg and the home side can claim a crucial win as they battle the drop.
Augsburg have been decent this season but they have just one win in their last eight and seem destined to finish in mid-table.
Wolfsburg are fighting for survival and that extra motivation may prove the difference, with the 23/20 the best bet in this German fixture.