August 25, 2017
The draw in 4 questions
Passing into the Europa League, the Aiglons will find out on Friday at 1pm their 3 opponents for the group stages, as the draw takes place in Monaco. Follow it live on OGCNICE.COM.
Why are the Gym in pot number 2?
With a Uefa coefficient of 12,049, OGC Nice made up one of the 12 “small ones” from last year. The two wins over Salzburg and Krasnodar (+ the coefficient of France) have lead to a total of 16,833 points at the time of the draw. This gap isn’t anecdotal. It allows the Gym to move from pot number 4, to number 2, and therefore, potentially benefiting from a “slightly” better draw.
Who is the biggest side?
Last season, Schalke had the highest Uefa coefficient (ahead of Manchester United and Inter!). And OGC Nice were drawn in their group, coming up against a very very high European level. This season, the biggest side will be Arsenal (105,192). But there will equally be sides like Villarreal, Dynamo Kiev, Lazio. or AC Milan. It’s also important not to forget that two sides from the same country cannot be in the same group. There will therefore be no Lyon for Dante and his teammates.
And the rest of the sides?
Coaches are used to saying that there are no easy opponents. Lucien Favre didn’t deviate from the rule on Thursday, during his press conference when he was questioned about his expectations. Remembering fixtures against Red Bull and Krasnodar last year was enough to convince him of it.
Indiscriminately, the Red and Blacks could face sides like Copenhagen, Atalanta, Slavia, Zulte Waregem, Hoffenheim, Vitoria Setubal, Red Star Belgrad, or AEK Athens. The side with the lowest Uefa coefficient, will be Östersund (3.945).
What does the calendar look like?
Scheduled on Thursdays (at 7pm and 9.05pm), the Europa League fixtures will get underway on the 14 September, after the derby against Monaco. The 2nd match will take place at the end of the month, three days before welcoming Marseille to the Allianz Riviera. If the draw sees the Aiglons drawn at home for the second match, they will then play 3 matches on home soil in the space of one week (Angers, Europa League and Marseille).