Our football match prediction:
Lyon showed character in a 2-1 win over Besiktas. Corentin Tolisso scored the equalizing goal in the 83rd minute of the match, with Jeremy Morel completing a comeback one minute later. Les Gones now aim to defend their slim lead, but Thursday’s football game against Besiktas in Istanbul will be anything but a walk in the park for the visitors. Coach Bruno Genesio rested some of his key players in Sunday’s game against Bastia, but we predict that he will field the best possible side against Besiktas. The Turkish outfit are eyeing their fourth consecutive win at home in the Europa League and we would not be surprised if the game goes into extra time. Taking everything into account, a lively contest appears on the cards. You should bear in mind that the two teams meet for the first time ever in Istanbul in a competitive match.
Highlighted Player (Veli Kavlak):
Veli Kavlak is an Austrian international midfielder playing for Turkish giants Besiktas since 2011. Kavlak began his professional career at Rapid Wien where he spent seven years before his move to Turkey. A defensive box-to-box midfielder, Veli Kavlak is renowned for his tireless running and endless stamina. Most often deployed at the holding role, Kavlak is a hardworking leader to his team. During most recent times his career has been plagued by numerous injuries which have prevented him from playing his usual role for the Turkish giants. Former Rapid midfielder has endured a difficult season marked by a recurring shoulder problem which kept him out of action for the most part of the campaign. Fitness issues continued in the 2016-17 season forcing Kavlak under the knife for the fifth time in two years. His club notoriously decided to freeze Kavlak’s contract, which means that the 29-year-old midfielder is heading into the new Champions League season without his monthly payments.
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.