Our football match prediction:
Nice kicked off the new Ligue 1 campaign with a 1-0 loss to Saint-Etienne, but it has to be noted that key attacker Mario Balotelli missed the game with injury. However, the good news for the fans is that Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder joined the club at the weekend and all eyes will be on the former Galatasaray midfielder when Nice welcome Troyes at their Allianz Riviera. The newcomers played out a 1-1 draw with Rennes at home in the opening match of the season, but grabbing something from Friday’s football game against les Aiglons is easier said than done. Over the years Nice have turned their Allianz Riviera into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to record their first win of the season on Friday evening. In Mario Balotelli’s absence, Alassane Plea is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Troyes.
Highligted Player (Dalbert Henrique):
Dalbert Henrique is a left-footed full back who plays for Ligue 1 side Nice. Born in Barra Mansa, Brazil, Henrique began his career in a local club Barra Mansa and in 2012 he moved to Fluminense. One year later the 182-cm-tall footballer joined Flamengo, but he did not play for “Mengao” at senior level. Dalbert Henrique made his professional debut for Academio de Viseu and in 2015 he moved to Vitoria Guimaraes of Portugal. After making 25 appearances for the Primeira Liga club, the left-back joined Ligue 1 side Nice in 2016. Henrique made his debut for les Aiglons on August 14, 2016 in a league match against Stade de Rennais. Dalbert, who was born on September 8, 1993, has yet to earn a call-up for the Brazil national football team. The Brazilian player has a contract with Nice which expires on June 30, 2021. His main position is left-back (full-back), but he is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Troyes):
Founded in 1986, Troyes are considered one of the youngest clubs in French Ligue 1. Troyes returned to the top flight at the end of the 2016/2017 season, with the team finishing the regular season in third place in the Ligue 2 standings. Jean Louis Garcia’s men proved their worth in the promotion play-offs, with the team beating Lorient in the two-legged tie. Troyes are well known for their blue shirts, but they wear white when playing on the travels. Stade de l’Aube is the club’s home ground and the stadium can hold up to 20.400 spectators. The venue was built in 1924, but it was renovated on two occasions (1956, 2004). The club have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but in 1956 they made it to the French Cup final. Troyes faced Sedan in the title game and they were totally outplayed by Louis Dugauguez’s troops (3-1) at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir. Roger Courtois’ team were three goals down after 57 minutes, but five minutes later Fernand De Vlaeminck scored a consolation goal for the Stade de l’Aube outfit.