Olympique Lyon vs. Atalanta Bergamo / Europa League – Olympique Lyon and Atalanta Bergamo will face each other in one of more interesting matches of the second round of Europa League. Atalanta is currently leading team in the Group E as was the only one to win three points in the first round. The Italian team won at home English Everton, while on the other hand Lyon won just one point from away match with Cypriot Apollon. Begins: 8.09.2017 – 21:05 CET
Fact that Olympique won just one match out of last six, with Guingamp in the Ligue 1, certainly worries their coach far more than anything else. True, Lyon was defeated just one in the same period, when it faced very strong PSG away two rounds ago in the national championship, while last weekend it played 3-3 with Dijon at home after a fully open match.
Right because of that Lyon currently occupies only the seventh place in the Ligue 1 table, although it has just three points fewer than third-placed Bordeaux, and can rightly expect to push toward the top later on in the season. On the other hand, in the Europa League Lyon needs victory over Atalanta if it wants to stay in the race for first two places in the group, and we certainly expect from Lyon a total offensive from the first minute. Let’s add that only two players are out of action, from before injured defenders Rafael and Marcal.
Probable lineups Olympique Lyon: Lopes – Tete, Marcelo, Morel, Mendy – Tousart, Ferri – Cornet, Fekir, Depay – Diaz
The guests from Bergamo had a totally different opening of new season than their next opponent as they lost in first two rounds of Serie A to Roma and Napoli but then they used in the best possible way a bit easier schedule in following four rounds as they won Sassuolo and Crotone at home and drew away with Chievo and Sampdoria last weekend. Of course, that improved their position in the table as Atalanta moved in the upper part of it and now can play this Europa League match with Lyon in much better atmosphere.
Besides, two weeks ago Atalanta played perfectly its first returnee match in the Europa League as it defeated at home always tough Everton by even 3-0 and made a great step toward reaching the knockout phase with it. True, Atalanta must verify its good shape in next five matches and certainly one of most difficult is this away one with Lyon. Regarding problems with absences, only stopper Toloi and midfielder are on the list of injured players at the moment.
Probable lineups Atalanta Bergamo: Berisha – Masiello, Caldara, Palomino – Castagne, de Roon, Freuler, Spinazzola – Ilisic, Gomez – Petagna
Olympique Lyon – Atalanta Bergamo PICK
Although Atalanta is currently in a bit better shape than Lyon, and besides it won very important match with Everton in the first round of Europa League we have nevertheless decided to give advantage to the home team in this match as they have far more experience with European matches.
Pick: Lyon wins
Odds: 1.95 at betway (down to 1.85 can be played)