Our football match prediction:
Olympique Lyon are low on confidence ahead of Thursday’s football game against AZ Alkmaar. Les Gones suffered four defeats in previous five games in all competitions, but the Europa League clash against the Dutch outfit could be the turning point for Bruno Genesio’s team. Alexandre Lacazette is enjoying yet another season to remember. The French attacker has netted 20 goals in 21 games in the Ligue 1 this term, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Thanks to a 3-2 win over Zenit AZ Alkmaar made it to the Europa League knockout stages, but they have been struggling at the back in the Eredivisie of late. Both sides are desperate to book their place in the last 16 and we predict that fans will see a high-scoring affair at AFAS Stadion. You should have in mind that AZ and Lyon meet for the first time ever in a competitive match.
Highlighted Player (Fred Friday):
Fred Friday is a Nigerian striker who was born on 18 May, 1995. He moved to Norwegian side Lillestrom in 2013, but he failed to find the net in the 2013 season. The Nigerian attacker scored three goals in 16 league appearances for the club in the 2014 season, while impressing in the 2015 Eliteserien campaign, scoring 11 goals for the Canaries. In the summer of 2016 he moved to AZ Alkmaar and he made his debut for the Dutch outfit in a 2-2 draw with Heerenveen on 7 August, 2016. Friday came as a substitute in the second half of the match, replacing Wout Weghorst. His main position is centre forward, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well. His contract with AZ Alkmaar expires on 30 June, 2020. Fred Friday has yet to make his debut for the Nigerian national football team. The players’ agent is Emefie Aneke Atta.
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.