Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Following a heavy 4-1 loss to Lyon, Nice will be aiming to give fans something to cheer about when they welcome Lorient at their Allianz Riviera. Les Aiglons are hit by injuries ahead of the midweek clash, with Danilo, Dante, Dolberg, Lees Melou, Maolida, and Racine all missing the match, and given their shaky defence, home win should not be considered. Anyhow, we predict that Nice will find the net in Wednesday’s clash as they are a real force to be reckoned with at home.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, will be without Bozok (ankle injury), Fontaine (Achilles tendon injury), Homawoo (muscle injury), Mendes (knee injury), Saunier (ankle injury), and Gravillon (suspension) against Nice. Lorient faced a tough fixture list earlier in December, with the team losing to both PSG (0-2) and Rennes (0-3) without finding the net, but they are surely capable of scoring against Nice, who experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the 4-1 defeat to Lyon.
Highlighted Player (Kasper Dolberg):
Standing at 6ft 2-inches, the tall forward kicked-off his youth career with GFG Voel in Denmark in 2005 and spent five years with them before joining hometown club Silkeborg IF at the age of 13. At Silkeborg, Dolberg quickly rose through the ranks and made his professional debut on the 17th of May, 2015, as a 66th substitute against Brondby in the Danish Superliga.
At the start of the 16/17 season, Dolberg signed for Eredivisie giants AFC Ajax on a three-year deal after impressing the clubs' renowned scouting network. He scored his first professional goal on the 26th of July, 2016, in Ajax's 1-1 draw with PAOK Thessaloniki in a UEFA Champions League Qualifier match. In what was a prolific spell at de Godenzonen, Dolberg made 119 appearances and scored 45 goals for the club. Born on the 6th of October, 1997, the 22-year-old is currently on a five-year contract with French club Nice that in August 2019.
Dolberg is additionally a former Denmark youth International, having represented his country at every youth level. For the senior team, the striker made his debut on the 11th of November, 2016, and has earned 13 caps so far.
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.