Our football match prediction:
Saturday’s football match at Allianz Riviera pits together Nice and Monaco. Les Aiglons impressed in the French top flight last season, but they have been struggling to find their form at the start of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Nice have already suffered three defeats in the national championship and summer signing Wesley Sneijder did not help the team avoid defeat to Amiens on Matchday 4. Lucien Favre’s men are low on confidence ahead of the visit of Monaco and we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out. The title holders continue where they left last season and despite the fact that the club chiefs sold several first-team regulars in the summer transfer window, Leonardo Jardim’s men have been producing outstanding performances in the French elite division at the start of the season. Monaco seem to be in a much better form than Nice at the moment and we predict that the visitors will pick up all three points from Saturday’s derby.
Highlighted Player (Mario Balotelli):
Mario Balotelli is a controversial footballer who played for both Inter and Milan in the past. The Italian attacker, who was born on 12 August, 1990, started his senior career at Lumezzane and in 2007 he signed a contract with the Nerazzurri. After scoring 20 goals in 59 league appearances with Inter, he moved to Manchester City in 2010. Super Mario spent three seasons at the Etihad Stadium and he returned to Serie A in 2013, signing a deal with Inter’s fiercest rivals Milan this time out. Balotelli scored 26 goals in 43 league games with the Rossoneri, but in the summer of 2014 he signed for Liverpool for a fee of £16 million. The Italian attacker is well known for his powerful shoot, but he often struggles to control his volatile temper. Super Mario impressed at the 2012 European Championship finals and he helped Italy make it to the final of the tournament. However, Spain proved to be a big catch for the Azzurri in the title game.
Highlighted Team (Monaco):
Though based in Monaco, Les Rouges et Blances – as they are commonly referred to – play their games in the French football league system. Members of the top tier Ligue 1, Monaco play their home matches at the Stade Louis II in Fontvieille in front of 18,500 people. The Principality club boasts a turbulent history, which saw Monaco reach the highest heights of both domestic and international scene, but also get relegated to the amateur leagues at the very beginnings and to Ligue 2 in 2010-11 season. The following year AS Monaco were acquired by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose heavy investments turned the Principality club into one of the biggest spenders in Europe in 2013 and reestablishing its place among Europe’s top clubs. AS Monaco have had notable European results in the modern football era having been runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 2004. One of the most successful clubs in France AS Monaco have so far won seven league titles and five Coupe de France trophies.