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Municipal du Ray, France

Attendance: 11642

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Nice v Montpellier: Preview

Montpellier midfielder Romain Pitau believes the pressure will all be on Nice in tomorrow's Ligue 1 match at Municipal du Ray.

Nice are fifth in the standings, one place and one point ahead of Montpellier and two points adrift of St Etienne in the Europa League spot.

However, with both sides gunning for European qualification, Pitau thinks the home side will be under more scrutiny, especially after they were beaten 3-1 by Montpellier earlier in the season.

Pitau told mhscfoot.com: ``It will be an interesting game to play because Nice is just ahead of us. They will have to do something at home.

``It is true that we did not expect to see them at this level in that first period of the season. If they are there, it is because they have quality in their game.

``There is also a coach who came and put a lot of things in place. Therefore we must therefore be vigilant.''

Montpellier approach the game in a week where president Louis Nicollin confirmed he had decided against offering coach Rene Girard a new contract.

Former France coach Raymond Domenech could be his preferred option to replace Girard in the summer although he also suggested he would like to make an approach for Diego Maradona.

Looking ahead to tomorrow's match, though, Chilean midfielder Marco Estrada looks set to sit the game out for Montpellier after he picked up a muscle injury during training on Wednesday.

Nice will approach the game on the back of a 4-0 defeat by St Etienne and will be without midfielder Valentin Eysseric, who was banned for the remainder of the Ligue 1 season after a horrific leg-breaking tackle on St Etienne's Jeremy Clement last weekend.

Eysseric was hit with an 11-game ban yesterday by the disciplinary committee of the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) after Clement was left with a fractured fibula as a result of his wild lunge.

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