Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
High-flying Nice will be aiming to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 when they take on Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Matchday 19. Les Aiglons have found their best form of late and thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bordeaux they climbed to sixth place in the standings. Nice are eyeing a place in European competitions and we predict they will go all guns blazing at Lille in Wednesday’s football match. Les Dogues, on the other hand, suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Dijon in their last league fixture and, as a result, they remained in the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings. The hosts want this win more than the visitors, but seeing that they suffered a dip in form, we are tempted to put our money on Lucien Favre’s men, who will be without suspended ace Mario Balotelli against Lille.
Highlighted Player (Anwar el Ghazi):
Anwar El Ghazi is a product of famous Ajax football academy and it has to be noted that he scored 20 goals in 70 matches for the first team from 2014 to 2017. El Ghazi played for the likes of BVV Barendrecht, Feyenoord, Spartaan ’20 and Sparta Rotterdam during his youth career as well and, speaking of the first-team football, he moved to Ligue 1 side Lille in January 2017 for a fee of €8 million. The pacey winger scored one goal in 12 appearances for les Dogues in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign, but, no doubt, there is a bright future ahead of the former Ajax starlet. Seeing that he has a dual citizenship, Anwar El Ghazi is eligible to represent both Netherlands and Morocco at senior level, but he made his debut for the Orange in a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan, with the Lille winger starting the match in a 4-3-3 formation alongside Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Memphis Depay. Anwar El Ghazi is capable of playing as a centre-forward as well and his preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (OGC Nice):
OGC 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.
OGC 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. OGC 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.