Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Allianz Riviera will host Thursday’s football game between Nice and Olympique Lyon, who take on each other in the Coupe de France last 16. Nice are undefeated in the previous seven league fixtures, and we predict that they are going to take advantage of the fact that Lyon will be without several first-team regulars in the Allianz Riviera showdown. Considering that les Aiglons are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that les Gones are going to return home empty-handed.
You should bear in mind that both Olympique Lyon attackers Memphis Depay and Martin Terrier are out of contention with injury. When the two teams met in the French Cup in 2011 Nice recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Olympique Lyon, with Francois Clerc scoring the winner in the extra-time. Anyhow, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Patrick Vieira’s men.
Highlighted Player (Youcef Atal):
The Boghni born Algerian started playing football at the age of ten when he joined CR Belouizdinad's youth academy in 2006. His decade long youth career saw him feature for other more Algerian teams before signing a professional contract with the last one, namely Paradou AC, in 2015.
Atal, who predominantly plays as a right-back, made his first professional appearance on the 9th of January 2016, playing in Paradou's 3-0 over CR Beni Thour in the Coupe d'Algerie. His performances during his 17/18 loan spell at Belgian Club Kortrijk earned him a move to France with OGC Nice in 2018.
At Nice, the 23-year-old has become a valuable first-team player and is on a five-year contract expiring in 2023. On the International stage, Atal has capped 14 times for Algeria, making his debut on the 6th of June, 2017, in a friendly against Guinea.
Highlighted Team (Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympique Lyonnais is the French club which play their games at the Parc Olimpique Lyonnais with a capacity just a pinch short of 60,000. Lyon is one of the most popular clubs in France with a vast fan base on par with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille.
The club achieved moderate success during the 1960s and 1970s led by the likes of Bernard Lacombe and Jean Djorkaeff, while the golden era of the French side came at the start of the new millennium when Lyon began to achieve greater success both in France and on the international level.
It was not until 2002 that Lyon won their first ever Ligue 1 title which sparked an ongoing national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles. During that time Lyon were regular participants of the UEFA Champions League. The French club reached quarter-finals on two occasions, while they even played in the semi-finals in the 2009-10 season.