Lokomotiv Moscow vs Nice
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 22 February 2018
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK
Venue: RZD Arena (Moscow).
Nice got off to a dream start when their star man Mario Balotelli notched an early brace to give them a massive cushion against the Russian Premier League leaders. Nonetheless, it was not the Italian striker who stole the show for the night as the Portuguese midfielder Manuel Fernandes completed a hat-trick to shock the French outfit and send Lokomotiv Moscow on the brink of the last 16 round of Europa League.
The Eaglets now need to net two without conceding a single goal in order to advance and it will be one hell of a challenge for the team led by Lucien Favre. The Swiss manager will thus likely start with the similar attacking formation in the rematch hoping that it could bring him early goals and hope to annul the deficit.
The good news for the French side is that Lokomotiv have been fairly easy to break down lately shipping it way too many goals in their mid-season friendlies. Knowing that the visitors have nothing to lose here and that they need to produce in the final third on Thursday, backing in-form Mario Balotelli to find the back of the net might seem to be a decent option at the odds of 2.62.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Nice: Head-to-head
This will only be the second ever head to head encounter between these two rivals.
As we described above, Lokomotiv came back from a two-goal deficit to win 2.3 at the end thanks to a hat-trick from Manuel Fernandes.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Nice: Prediction
Nice made it five games on the bounce without across competitions when they drew 1-1 to Nantes in the weekend’s Ligue 1 action.
Since the visitors do not have much to play for in the rest of the season in their domestic league (currently sit at ninth place there), we expect Favre’s side to push hard here.
Both teams have shown vulnerabilities at the back in the first leg and we just can’t expect anything else but another high-scoring affair. The bet you can’t make a mistake with is Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS, set at the odds of 2.30.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Nice: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 gals FT & BTTS @ 2.30
Mario Balotelli to score anytime @ 2.62