Our football match prediction:
The UEFA Europa League winners have had the most positive start to the new season. Following a summer of great changes, Rojiblancos headed into the new campaign with a new team and a new manager. Opening defeats to Real Madrid and Barcelona in European and domestic Super Cup finals, respectively, showed little promise, but Jorge Sampaoli managed to steady the ship in the meantime. Having climbed to the second place in the table, Sevilla succumbed to their first La Liga loss of the season as they were inflicted a 3-1 blow at Athletic Bilbao and their Lyon game in the Champions League will be a perfect chance to get back to winning ways. Sampaoli will be without a handful of his key men who are ruled out through injuries and French rivals will have every right to hope for a positive outcome to their trip to Spain. Lyon are coming off from a 1-0 loss at Lorient and are well aware that they will have to improve significantly if they are to grab anything out of the Sevilla clash. We predict a closely knit competition and a share of spoils.
Highlighted Player (Rafael):
Best known for his role at Manchester United when football world got to know him and his twin brother first hand, Rafael Pereira da Silva is a Brazilian football operating mainly at right-back, but can also fill in on the right side of the midfield. Fabio began his career with Fluminense before jining Manchester United in 2007. He spent eight years competing in the Premier League before he moved to Lyon in 2015. Prior to his move to France, Rafael spent one season playing for Queens Park Rangers in a campaign which turned out to be a disastrous one for the Brazilian. Still fresh and with plenty of football in front of him at the age of 26, Rafael was given plenty of freedom at Lyon and a license to play his natural game. Signed on a four-year deal, Rafael has gone to become an imposing figure at his new club managing 27 appearances with one goal in a Lyon shirt across competitions.
Highlighted Team (Olympique Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympic 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.