Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After playing out a goalless draw with Montpellier before the international break, Nice will look to return to winning ways in Ligue 1 when they take on Toulouse in Sunday’s matinee. Les Aiglons are eyeing their eighth consecutive clean sheet and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence against Toulouse. All Youcef Atal, Youssouf Ndayishimiye, and Hichem Boudaoui are banned for the match, while Claudie Maurice has yet to overcome a calf injury.
Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, came from behind to share the spoils with Lille on Matchday 12, but given their poor away record in the 2023/2024 Ligue 1 campaign, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the in-form hosts. To make things even more complicated for the away team, both Niklas Schmidt and Thijs Dallinga miss the game through suspension, while Denis Genreau, Zakaria Aboukhlal, and Oliver Zanded are out of contention with injuries.
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 (Toulouse):
Toulouse are a professional football club that compete in Ligue 1. Les Pitchouns are well known for their purple jerseys with white stripes and it has to be noted that they used to wear red and yellow jerseys in the past. Toulouse welcome their opponents at Stadium Municipal and the capacity of the team’s home ground is 33.150. Stadium Municipal was used as a venue for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
In 1982 the club secured promotion to the Ligue 1 for the first time ever and you should bear in mind that the likes of Jacques Santini and Daniel Jeandupeux were part of the team. A win over Napoli in the round 1 of the 1986/1987 UEFA Cup is considered one of the club’s biggest success as football legend Diego Maradona played for the Italian team back then, attacker Daniel Jeandupeux scored the winner for Toulouse in the penalty shoot-out. Bordeaux are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in Derby de la Garonne.