Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Nice will be looking to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie against Lokomotiv Moscow when they face the Russian side at RZD Arena on Thursday evening. Les Aiglons suffered a 3-2 loss to Lokomotiv in front of home fans, but it has to be noted that defender Racine Coly was sent off in the 66th minute of the match. Yury Semin’s men are with one foot in the Europa League last 16 and they will be looking to defend their slim lead in front of home fans. The Ligue 1 side, on the other hand, have nothing to lose in Thursday’s football match and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Russian outfit. Mario Balotelli scored a brace for les Aiglons in the first leg and the former Premier League ace will be the man to watch in the away side. A lively contest is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to play out a high-scoring draw at RZD Arena.
Highlighted Player (Solomon Kvirkvelia):
Solomon Kvirkvelia is a Georgia international who plays for Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow as a centre-back. Kvirkvelia started his career at the youth team of Zenit Saint Petersburg and in 2010 he moved to Rubin Kazan. The 196-cm tall defender played for Rubin Kazan from 2011 to 2017 and then he joined fellow Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow. Solomon Kvirvelia made his Lokomotiv Moscow debut on March 5, 2017 in a 3-0 loss to Krylya Sovetov and he scored his first ever goal for the capital club on July 18, 2017 in a 1-0 victory over Arsenal Tula. The Lokomotiv Moscow centre back made his Moldova debut on March 5, 2014 in a friendly game against Liechtenstein. Speaking of his honours, it has to be noted that he won two Russian Cup titles with Rubin Kazan and Lokomotiv Moscow respectively. His main position is centre back, but he is used as a right-back as well. Kvirkvelia’s contract with Lokomotiv Moscow should expire on June 30, 2021.
Highlighted Team (OGC Nice):
Nice are a football club that participate in French Ligue 1. Les Aiglons welcome their opponents at Allianz Riviera and the club was founded on 9 July, 1904 by Marquis Massengy d’ Auzac. Nice won their first Ligue 1 trophy back in 1951 and eight years later they clinched their fourth and last domestic title. Speaking of the French Cup, les Aiglons won their third Coupe de France title in 1997. Allianz Riviera has been the home ground of the club since September, 2013 and it has to be noted that the construction of the venue cost €250 million. Nice play their home games in red and black shirts and black shorts, while the colour of their away kits is white. The Ligue 1 team booked their place in the Europa League group stages for the 2016/2017 season for the first time in the club’s history and they were drawn alongside Schalke 04, Salzburg and Krasnodar in Group I. However, they were beaten by Schalke in their Europa League opener in front of home fans.