Our football match prediction:
Seeing that Hatem Ben Arfa left the club in the summer transfer window, many people expected that Nice would be struggling in the 2016/2017 season. However, Mario Balotelli and Co. have been producing splendid displays this term and they are on a five-match winning run in all competitions ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match against Salzburg. Les Aiglons scored eight goals in previous two league fixtures and we predict that they will stick to their attacking style of play. Over the years Nice have turned their Allianz Riviera into a real fortress and considering that their next rivals Salzburg have been struggling to find their best form this season, we believe that the Ligue 1 side will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football game. “Super Mario” scored in a 4-1 win over Nantes at the weekend and all eyes will be on him when Nice face Salzburg at Allianz Riviera.
Highlighted Player (Balotelli):
Mario Balotelli is a controversial footballer who played for both Inter and Milan in the past. The Italian attacker, who was born on 12 August, 1990, started his senior career at Lumezzane and in 2007 he signed a contract with the Nerazzurri. After scoring 20 goals in 59 league appearances with Inter, he moved to Manchester City in 2010. Super Mario spent three seasons at the Etihad Stadium and he returned to Serie A in 2013, signing a deal with Inter’s fiercest rivals Milan this time out. Balotelli scored 26 goals in 43 league games with the Rossoneri, but in the summer of 2014 he signed for Liverpool for a fee of £16 million. The Italian attacker is well known for his powerful shoot, but he often struggles to control his volatile temper. Super Mario impressed at the 2012 European Championship finals and he helped Italy make it to the final of the tournament. However, Spain proved to be a big catch for the Azzurri in the title game.
Highlighted Team (Red Bull Salzburg):
Salzburg are a professional football club that compete in Austrian Bundesliga. The club’s main sponsors are Red Bull and, as a result, they are well known under the name of the Red Bulls. The club was founded on 13 September, 1933 and they won their first Austrian Bundesliga trophy in 1994. Salzburg quickly established themselves as the dominant force in the national championship and they are the most successful Austrian club in the 21st century. It has to be noted that they won their tenth Austrian Premier League trophy in 2016, finishing the season nine points clear of second-placed Rapid Wien. The Red Bulls welcome their rivals at Red Bull Arena, the stadium that was opened on 8 March, 2008. The capacity of the venue is 31 895. Salzburg participated in the 1993/1994 UEFA Cup final, but Italian side proved to be a big catch for the Austrian outfit. Inter recorded a 2-0 win over Salzburg in the final (on aggregate).