Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Nice will be aiming to move one step closer to booking their place in the Conference League knockout stages when they take on Slovacko at their Allianz Riviera. Former Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe impressed in a 3-2 win over Troyes at the weekend, and we are positive that he will make life difficult for the opposition back-line. Algeria striker Andy Delort, who missed the 1-0 win over Slovacko a week ago, is back to the squad.
The Czechs, on the other hand, have collected only one point in total in Group D, and seeing that Nice are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of grabbing something from the reverse fixture. There are no fresh injury worries in the away side ahead of the trip to France.
Highlighted Player (Nicolas Pépé):
Born in France to parents of Ivorian descent, Nicolas Pepe became a full Ivory Coast international in 2016. In a symbolic twist of events, Pepe was handed his Ivory Coast debut in a goalless draw against his birth nation France days after receiving his first-ever call-up.
Pepe began his career in the lower leagues in Poitiers in 2012, before moving to Angers a year later. Having proven his qualities in the second-string side, Pepe was instated in Angers’ first team in 2013. Four years later – which included a season-long loan spell at Orleans – Nicolas Pepe was transferred to Lille. Les Dogues beat several sides to the signature of this pacey winger who is no stranger to scoring goals. Quick with his feet, Pepe can be deployed on the right wing and as a centre-forward.
The Ivory Coast international is unpredictable in his movement and not easy to keep an eye on, especially because of his powerful left foot.