Our football match prediction:
Lyon will be looking to put icing on the cake on a very successful Europa League campaign with a win over Apollon at their Groupama Stadium. Les Gones sit in second place in Group E ahead of Thursday’s football match and they are level on points with Atalanta. The Ligue 1 side have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and seeing that this has to go down as a must-win situation for Apollon, we predict that the hosts will have a number of opportunities to score on the break. Lyon are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they are likely to record a routine win over the Cypriot outfit. Nabil Fekir has been in a splendid form in the first half of the season and the 24-year-old attacker is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. Taking everything into account, we are tempted to put our money on Bruno Genesio’s charges.
Highlighted Player (Memphis Depay):
Memphis Depay is a Dutch winger who started his professional career at PSV Eindhoven. During the 2014/2015 Eredivisie campaign the pacey footballer was on Manchester United’s radar and on June 12, 2015 the Premier League club confirmed the signing of the Dutchman. Many people expected that he would impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League season, but the former PSV ace played below expectations for the Red Devils, scoring only two goals (one assist) during the season. After playing only for league games for Man Utd in the 2016/2017 season, Memphis Depay was sold to Olympique Lyon on January 20, 2017. Depay signed a four-and-a-half year deal with les Gones for a fee of around £16 million. The Dutch winger was producing fine performances for Lyon in the 2016/2017 season; he scored five goals for the club, while providing eight assists for his teammates. Memphis Depay made his senior debut for Netherlands on October 15, 2013 in a 2-0 win over Turkey. Depay did well to win the 2011 European Championship with Netherlands U17 team.
Highlighted Team (Apollon):
Apollon are a Cypriot football club based in Limassol. The Kianolefki wear blue shirts and dark blue shorts when playing at home ground and they welcome their rivals at Tsirion Stadium. The venue can hold up to 13.331 spectators and it was opened in 1975. Apollon Limassol won their first domestic trophy in the 1990/1991 season, with the team finishing the campaign three points clear of second-placed Anorthosis Famagusta. The Kianolefki won their second Cypriot First Division trophy three years later (1993/1994) and they had to wait 12 years before they clinched their third and last domestic title (2005/2006). Speaking of the Cypriot Cup, Apollon Limassol won their ninth trophy in the competition in 2017, with the team beating APOEL in the title game. The club was founded back in April 14, 1954 and it has to be noted that they suffered a loss in each of their eight games in their debut season in the second division.