Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Allianz Riviera will host Sunday’s football game between Nice and Bordeaux. Les Aiglons are eyeing their first win of the year, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The good news for the home team is that Robson Bambu returns from suspension, while Morgan Schneiderlin, Danilo Barbosa, Pierre Lees-Melou, Myziane Maolida, and Dante remain in the recovery room.
Les Girondins, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Lorient, but beating Nice on the road is easier said than done. A close match is on the cards, and we believe that punters can find value in betting on draw. The likes of Mehdi Zerkane and Hatem Ben Arfa remain on the sidelines through injuries, while Maxime Poundje is a major doubt. It has to be noted that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their previous seven meetings in the French elite division.
Highlighted Player (Morgan Schneiderlin):
Morgan Schneiderlin is a French football player born on 8th of November 1989 in Zellwiller. Schneiderlin started his football career for RC Strasbourg where he made his debut in 2006/2007 for the first team. After playing for 231 games for Southampton he made a transfer to Manchester United in summer 2015 for approximately 34 million euro.
Schneiderlin made his debut for the French national tam in June 2014 after his impressive performances for Southampton. Schneiderlin played for more than 10 games in the French national team and will play a lot more in the near future. Schneiderlin is a right-footed defensive midfielder which is known for playing very rough and is not afraid to tackle his direct opponent. In the season 2012/2013 Schneiderlin was rewarded as player of the year for Southampton.
The football career of Schneiderlin is remarkable showing that it’s possible for every hard working football player to reach the top. In 10 seasons of professional football the only prize Schneiderlin won was the Football League Trophy with Southampton in 2009/2010.
Highlighted Team (Bordeaux):
Founded in 1881, Bordeaux are regarded as one of the oldest clubs in France. Les Girondins won their first Ligue 1 trophy in 1950 and 59 years later (2008/2009) they lifted their sixth domestic trophy.
Speaking of the club’s European success, Bordeaux did remarkably well to make it to the Champions League semi-finals in 1985, but despite recording a 2-0 win over star-studded Juventus in the return leg, the French club eventually failed to book their place in the final of the elite competition.
Famous French footballers Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana were part of the team back then and it has to be noted that Giresse is the player who made the most appearances for les Girondins (587). During the nineties Zinedine Zidane, Christophe Dugarry and Bixente Lizarazu played for Bordeaux and, taking everything into account, it is no surprise they are considered one of the most famous French clubs.
Nowadays Les Girondins welcome their rivals at Matmut Atlantique, the stadium which was opened in 2015 and they used to play at Stade Chaban-Delmas in the past.