Our football match prediction:
Schalke did not kick off the new season in style, but die Knappen have been raising their form week by week and they seem to be at the top of their game at the moment. Schalke did well to beat Wolfsburg at Volkswagen Arena at the weekend and, on the other hand, they have been impressive in the Europa League group stages. The Bundesliga side aim to keep their 100% record in Group I intact and, no doubt, the Germans will go for a victory in Thursday’s football match against Nice. Les Aiglons suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to Salzburg in their last group game and seeing that Marco Balotelli and Co. are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in the Veltins-Arena clash. Leon Goretzka scored the winner against Wolfsburg, meaning that the opposition back-line should have him at bay.
Highligted Player (Coke):
Coke began his professional career at Rayo Vallecano, playing 180 games for the capital club between 2005 and 2011. The pacey full back joined Sevilla in June, 2011 and he made a right decision when he moved to the fellow La Liga side. The Spanish footballer, who is capable of playing as both full back and a winger, won three UEFA Europa League trophies with los Sevillanos (2014, 2015, 2016) and he made it to the Spanish Cup final in the 2015/2016 season with the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan outfit. Sevilla, though, failed to make life difficult for Barcelona in the title game. After spending five years in Andalusia, Coke signed a three-year contract with Schalke on 31 July, 2016 for a fee of €5 million. However, before the start of the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign he suffered a serious injury in a warm-up game against Bologna. Speaking of his international career, Coke has one cap for Spain U16, but he has yet to make his debut for the first team.
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.