Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Nice did well to make amends for an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Olympique Lyon, with the team recording back-to-back wins over the likes of Toulouse and Metz in previous two league fixtures. Les Aiglons have been climbing the Ligue 1 standings week by week and a win over Nantes would see them regain their spot in top ten. Mario Balotelli scored his eighth goal of the season in the 3-1 win over les Grenats at the weekend and all eyes will be on “Super Mario” when Nice face Nantes at Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau. Les Canaris shared the spoils with Saint-Etienne on the road in their last league fixture and, as a result, they managed to keep their hopes of booking their place in European competitions alive. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and they are likely to play out a draw in Nantes on Matchday 17.
Highlighted Player (Diego Carlos):
Diego Carlos is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Nantes as a defender. His main position is centre-back and his preferred foot is right. Diego Carlos began his youth career at America-SP and in 2010 he moved to Desportivo Brasil. After spending the 2012/2013 season on loan at Sao Paulo, the 185-cm-tall defender returned to Desportivo Brasil. However, he made his first-team debut with Madureira during his spell with the club (2014). In 2014 Diego Carlos signed a contract with Portuguese club Estoril Praia and he scored two goals in 39 appearances for the Primeira Liga club. It has to be noted, though, that he played for Porto B (on loan) in the 2014/2015 season. Diego Carlos moved to French club Nantes in the summer of 2016 and you should bear in mind that he quickly established himself as a first-team regular with les Canaris. The Brazilian footballer scored two goals in 34 appearances for Nantes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. His contract with the Ligue 1 side expires on June 20, 2021.
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.