Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Olympique Lyon are a team with two faces. Les Gones have been struggling in the Ligue 1 this season, but they have been producing fine performances in the Champions League group stages. After sharing the spoils with Zenit in their opener, the Ligue 1 club did well to beat Leipzig 2-0 at Red Bull Arena in their second group game and given Benfica’s poor form, we are positive that the visitors are going to grab something from the match.
However, since key attacker Memphis Depay is likely to miss the match with injury, away win should not be considered. The Eagles are eager to give fans some cheer following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Leipzig and Zenit and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. When the two teams met in Lisbon in 2010 Benfica recorded a thrilling 4-3 win over Olympique Lyon, but share of spoils is on the cards this time out.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. SL Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014.
A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances.
Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
Highlighted Team (Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympique Lyonnais is the French club which play their games at the Parc Olimpique Lyonnais with a capacity just a pinch short of 60,000. Lyon is one of the most popular clubs in France with a vast fan base on par with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille.
The club achieved moderate success during the 1960s and 1970s led by the likes of Bernard Lacombe and Jean Djorkaeff, while the golden era of the French side came at the start of the new millennium when Lyon began to achieve greater success both in France and on the international level.
It was not until 2002 that Lyon won their first ever Ligue 1 title which sparked an ongoing national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles. During that time Lyon were regular participants of the UEFA Champions League. The French club reached quarter-finals on two occasions, while they even played in the semi-finals in the 2009-10 season.