Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After suffering a 2-1 loss at Monaco on Wednesday evening, Nice will be aiming to give fans some cheer when they welcome Angers at their Allianz Riviera. Les Aiglons do not seem to be at the top of their game ahead of the visit of Angers, and you should bear in mind that all Danilo, Dante, and Atal are sidelined with injuries. Algeria international Boudaoui, on the other hand, returns from suspension.
Les Scoistes, on the other hand, head into the match following a goalless draw with Reims. Angers looked solid at the back in the midweek clash, meaning that a low-scoring affair is on the cards at Allianz Riviera. It has to be noted that under 2.5 goals have been netted in four of the previous six league fixtures. The likes of Bahoken, Ebosse, and Fulgini are all out of contention with injuries, while Alioui remains quarantined.
Highlighted Player (Youcef Atal):
The Boghni born Algerian started playing football at the age of ten when he joined CR Belouizdinad's youth academy in 2006. His decade long youth career saw him feature for other more Algerian teams before signing a professional contract with the last one, namely Paradou AC, in 2015.
Atal, who predominantly plays as a right-back, made his first professional appearance on the 9th of January 2016, playing in Paradou's 3-0 over CR Beni Thour in the Coupe d'Algerie. His performances during his 17/18 loan spell at Belgian Club Kortrijk earned him a move to France with OGC Nice in 2018.
At Nice, the 23-year-old has become a valuable first-team player and is on a five-year contract expiring in 2023. On the International stage, Atal has capped 14 times for Algeria, making his debut on the 6th of June, 2017, in a friendly against Guinea.
Highlighted Team (Angers):
French Football Federation was founded in 1919, with French football club Angers being founded the same year. Les Scoistes returned to the French top flight at the end of the 2014/2015 season and they finished the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign in ninth place in the standings.
Angers were having their ups and downs in the 2016/2017 season and, as a result, they finished 12th. Les Scoistes are well known for their black jerseys with white stripes, whilst the color of their away kits is white. Stade Raymond Kopa is the team’s home ground and the capacity of the stadium is 17.835.
The venues was opened back in 1912 and the stadium’s record attendance is 22.989 (April 26, 1969 vs. Olympique Marseille). Speaking of the club’s most notable players, we have to mention Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Vladica Kovacevic, Claudiu Keseru, Paul Alo’o, Amar Rouai and Cedric Daury. It has to be noted that the 2017/2018 season will be their 24th in the French top flight.