Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Stadio Olimpico when Roma and Olympique Lyon face each other in the Europa League last 16, return leg. The Giallorossi suffered a 4-2 loss to les Gones at Parc Olympique Lyonnais and, no doubt, they are eager to overcome the deficit in Thursday’s football match in the “Eternal City”. The Romans have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Lyon and we predict that the Serie A outfit will emerge triumphant in the return leg. Bruno Genesio’s men have been in a fine form in 2017; summer signing Memphis Depay is helping les Gones improve their game, but considering that they are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on Roma this time out. It has to be noted that Luciano Spalletti’s team have recorded 12 wins in 13 home fixtures in the Serie A this season and they are likely to beat Lyon at their Stadio Olimpico.
Highlighted Player (Florenzi):
Alessandro Florenzi is probably the most impressive product of AS Roma youth academy since Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, and the full-back has already developed into an important player for both club and country. Capable of operating as both right-back and right winger, the talented footballer is probably best remembered from scoring a marvellous goal from half-way line in the Champions League clash against Barcelona, but there is much more to him than an occasional wonder strike. While he usually played as a winger during his early career, Florenzi switched to attacking full-back at both Roma and Italy national team, and that proved a very good move for his career. While helping the Gialorossi return to old glory days, the right-back left his mark on international stage as well, especially impressing since Antonio Conte took over the reigns in the national team. Despite the fact that he has yet to realise his full potential, Florenzi already boasts an impressive top flight experience and he is predicted a bright future in the game.
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.