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After good start, time for Balotelli to score away from home

PARIS (AP) It is about time for Mario Balotelli to start scoring away from home.

The Italian striker's return from suspension is much needed for Nice, which faces a difficult match at Bastia on Friday after losing ground last weekend. Nice unexpectedly dropped points by drawing 0-0 against struggling Metz, and Balotelli's absence - through suspension - was felt.

The draw played into the hands of free-scoring Monaco, which moved to the top on goal difference, and defending champion Paris Saint-Germain, now only three points behind.

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