Nice v Schalke – Thursday 20:05, BT Sport Extra

Nice are sitting level on points with Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 following their 3-2 victory over Marseille at the weekend as Mario Balotelli struck twice on his debut. It was no surprise to see the Italian snatch the ball for the opener and slot away a penalty. Super Mario loves being the star attraction and he’s a tempting 2.90 to net againhere.

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Schalke are more used to playing in the Champions League than the Europa but their league form so far would suggest they don’t warrant a place in either competition. They are one of just two teams in the Bundesliga yet to gain a point as they’ve carried on their disappointing end to last season. They’ve now won only two of their last nine Bundesliga fixtures and just four of their last 14 on the road.

French teams have often struggled travelling to German opposition in this competition but it’s been a different story when they’ve hosted their neighbours as they’ve won 48% of the matches. With Schalke’s shaky start to the season, Nice look too big as outsiders at home to take all three points.

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Nice win - 1pt @ 3.0