Our football match prediction:
Wednesday’s football match at Groupama Stadium pits together Lyon and Nice. Les Gones rolled over Nice at Allianz Riviera at the weekend (5-0), with Memphis Depay scoring a brace for Bruno Genesio’s troops. Thanks to the triumph Lyon managed to overtake Monaco in second place in the standings, but they do not want to stop now. Les Gones are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Lille and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict Bruno Genesio’s men will give fans yet another reason for celebration in midweek. Les Dogues, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems in back-to-back defeats to the likes of Amiens and Montpellier and we do not believe they are capable of spoiling Lyon’s party at Groupama Stadium. Yet another man to watch in the home team will be Mariano Diaz, who has netted ten goals in the national championship so far this season.
Highligted Player (Bertrand Traore):
Bertrand Traore is a pacey left-footed winger who plays for Ajax on loan from Chelsea. The Burkina Faso footballers scored 17 goals in 48 league appearances for Vitesse before joining Ajax on 12 August, 2016. Traore made his Ajax debut in a 2-2 draw with Roda, coming as a substitute in the second half of the game. He made his Champions League debut for the Amsterdammers against Rostov on August, 2016. Bertrand, though, is still a Chelsea player and his contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit expires on 30 June, 2019. Traore a winger, but he is capable of playing as a centre forward as well. The Burkina Faso footballer was born on 6 September, 1995 and he made his debut for the Burkina Faso national team on 3 September, 2011 in a friendly game against Equatorial Guinea. The same year he won the African U17 Championship with Burkina Faso as the Stallions defeated Rwanda in the final of the tournament.
Highlighted Team (Lille):
Lille have been playing an important role in French football ever since they were founded in 1944. Les Dogues won their first domestic trophy in the 1945/1946 season. Lille did well to win their second Ligue 1 title in 1954 and 57 years later they lifted their last domestic title. Les Douges finished the 2010/2011 season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille and it has to be noted that Lille attacker Moussa Sow won the Golden Boot (25 goals). Lille are one of the two teams that managed to win three consecutive Coupe de France trophies (1946, 1947, 1948), but they have yet to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Dogues faced PSG in the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but les Parisiens proved to be a big catch for Frederic Antonetti’s team in the title game. Lille play their home matches at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the capacity of the stadium is 50.186. The venue was opened in August, 2017 and the construction cost €282 million.