First round match group stage of the Champions League Nice – Schalke 04 will be held on Thursday September 15 at 22:05 (Moscow time) at the stadium Allianz Arena. This is one of the most interesting matches of the first round of the group stage of the Europa League and the rare case when at this stage of the teams, representing one of the five strongest European championships. Nice last season led the fight for getting into the Champions League, but failed to finish in the Top 3 of the national championship, so that is playing in the Europa League. In this tournament he has performed only once, and then everything was over very quickly – in the qualifying play-off draw Europa League 2013/14 Nice ceded Cyprus to Apollo – a defeat 0:2 in the party and the victory of 1:0 at home.
In this season of Nice held four match – all in the League Cup 1. While it is not lost, scoring three wins and once played a draw. Including Sunday Nice beat Marseille in his field with a score of 3:2, and two goals in its composition scored Mario Balotelli. It was his first game for the team and first goal since March 1, when he scored in the Italian Cup game against AC Milan as part of Alessandria.
Schalke quite a while not playing in the Champions League, and begins to get used to the Europa League. Last season in this tournament in the group stage, he 14 points in six games against Sparta, APOEL FC and Asteras, but 1/16 Shakhtar Donetsk lost – after a draw at a party 0:0, Cobalt were defeated at home 0:3.
This season the team played three official matches, and after defeating Villingen in the Cup of the country lost two matches in the Championship – Away Eintracht Frankfurt 0: 1 at home and Bayern 0: 2. And although in the upcoming match against Nice, experts estimate the chances of higher is Schalke, he may well return home without a score. Predictions for the match Nice – Schalke 04 (Europa League, group stage, Round 1, September 15): Nice will win 1:0