Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Nice and Lorient square off against each other at Allianz Riviera in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Sunday’s program. Nice suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Lens at the weekend, with the team extending their winless run to four games. Les Aiglons are eager to stay in the Champions League race, and we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field. Both Mario Lemina and Dante are banned for the match, while the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Claude Maurice miss out with injuries.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, rolled over Khazri-less St Etienne 6-2 on Matchday 32 to escape the relegation zone. Yet another entertaining match is on the cards at Allianz Riviera, and, taking everything into account, over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered. The likes of Innocent, Loric, and Diarra are out of contention with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Dante):
Dante is a left-footed defender who was born in Salvador, Brazil on 18 October, 1983. The 189-cm-tall centre back, who is capable of playing as a left back as well, started his senior career at Juventude. After making 53 appearances for the club between 2002 and 2004 he moved to Ligue 1 outfit Lille.
He played for Belgian sides Charleroi and Standard from 2006 to 2009 and on 27 December, 2008 he signed a contract with Borussia M’gladbach for an undisclosed fee. After impressing with the Fohlen in the 2011/2012 Bundesliga campaign he moved to Bayern Munich at the end of the season and it has to be noted that he scored three goals in 83 league appearances for FCB.
In 2015 he signed a contract with fellow Bundesliga team Wolfsburg and he played 24 league games for the Wolves in the 2015/2016 season. In 2013 he won the Champions League trophy with Bayern Munich and he lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil the same year.
Highlighted Team (Lorient):
Founded back in 1926, Lorient is a French football club that competes in Ligue 1. Les Merlus have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but they did well to go all the way in the Coupe de France in the 2001/02 season. In the title game, Lorient defeated Bastia thanks to Jean-Claude Darcheville’s goal.
The same season les Merlus made it to the Coupe de la Ligue final, but Bordeaux proved to be a big catch (0-3) for them in the title game. Lorient welcome their rivals at Stade du Moustoir, the stadium which can hold up to 16,392 spectators. The colour of the team’s home shirt is orange with a little black on it, while white is the dominant colour of their away jersey. In the 2002/03 season Lorient represented France in European competitions.
Les Merlus, though, failed to impress on their debut in the UEFA Cup as they were beaten by Denizlispor in the round 1 double-header.