5 reasons Nice will beat Monaco

Nice team during the Ligue 1 match between OGC Nice and Fc Metz at Stade Municipal du Ray on January 15, 2017 in Nice, France. (Photo by Pascal Della Zuana/Icon Sport) (Photo by Agence Nice Presse/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Nice team during the Ligue 1 match between OGC Nice and Fc Metz at Stade Municipal du Ray on January 15, 2017 in Nice, France. (Photo by Pascal Della Zuana/Icon Sport) (Photo by Agence Nice Presse/Icon Sport via Getty Images) /
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GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 24: Dante of Nice and Bernard Tekpetey of Schalke battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group I match between FC Schalke 04 and OGC Nice at Veltins-Arena on November 24, 2016 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 24: Dante of Nice and Bernard Tekpetey of Schalke battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group I match between FC Schalke 04 and OGC Nice at Veltins-Arena on November 24, 2016 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images) /

2. Defensive solidity

Not only is Nice a good attacking team, but they are also incredibly strong defensively. They have the best defensive record in Ligue 1, allowing just 15 goals all season. Their defensive record has led to keeper Yoan Cardinale getting nine clean sheets this year, the second most in the league.

A big part of the powerful defense has been summer signing Dante from Wolfsburg. He has been instrumental in the clubs success as a defensive unit and will play a big part in the match against Monaco. His leadership and experience in pressure situations will be a key aspect of Nice stopping the free scoring Monaco attack.

Nice will by no means have an easy time stopping Monaco from creating chances. The opposition leads the league with 65 goals scored in just 22 matches. This insane record will only further the fact that the defensive shape and execution of the Nice defense will need to be nothing less than stellar if they are to win all three points.