Our football match prediction:
Allianz Riviera will host Thursday’s football game between Nice and Lazio. Nice failed to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages, but they obviously have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 Europa League campaign. Les Aiglons did well to beat the likes of Zulte Waregem and Vitesse in the first two group games and they now aim to keep their 100% record intact. Over the years Nice have turned their Allianz Riviera into a real fortress and we predict that Mario Balotelli and Co. will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening. Their rivals Lazio have been producing thrilling showings in the Europa League as well and the capital club will be looking to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Vitesse and Zulte-Waregem when they face Nice in the Group K derby. Anyhow, both teams would be happy with one point from the match and a close encounter appears on the cards.
Highligted Player (Sneijder):
Wesley Sneijder is a Dutch footballer who started his senior career at Ajax. The product of Ajax’s youth academy made 126 league appearances for the Amsterdam Arena outfit and in 2007 he joined Real Madrid. After failing to impress with los Blancos, Sneijder signed a deal with Serie A side Inter on 27 August, 2009. He made his Inter debut a day after he signed a deal with the Nerazzurri. The Dutch midfielder, who has netted a number of goals from free kicks, won the 2009/2010 Serie A trophy with Inter and in 2010 he clinched the Champions League trophy with the Nerazzurri. After spending four years at Inter, he joined Galatasaray in 2013 and it has to be noted that he won his second Super Lig trophy with the Turkish outfit in the 2014/2015 season. Speaking of his international career, Sneijder participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final with Netherlands, but Spain proved to be a big catch for the Oranje in the title game.
Highlighted Team (Lazio Roma):
Lazio are an Italian football club based in Rome. Lazio were founded in 1900 and they compete in the Serie A. The Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues) have won two Serie A trophies (1973/1974, 1999/2000), while lifting six Coppa Italia titles. The capital club play their home games at Stadio Olimpico and Roma are regarded as Lazio’s main rivals. The two teams face each other in the Derby della Capitale and it is considered the fiercest inter-city derby in Italy. Lazio won UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999, with the team beating Mallorca in the title game. The same year they managed to clinch the UEFA Super Cup trophy as they outplayed English giants Manchester United at Stade Louis II, Monaco. The likes of Pavel Nedved, Giuseppe Favalli, Juan Sebastian Veron, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Roberto Mancini, Giuseppe Signori, Miroslav Klose and Simone Inzaghi are notable footballers who played for Lazio in the past.