Our football match prediction:
Lyon have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late. Les Gones recorded a 4-1 win over AZ Alkmaar in the first leg of the Europa League last 32 and, as a result, they are with one foot in the next round of the European competition. Bruno Genesio’s troops came from behind to beat Dijon 4-2 in their last league fixture, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the visit of AZ. The Ligue 1 team recorded five wins in previous six home games in the national championship and seeing that John van den Brom’s men have little to play for in Thursday’s football match, we predict that they will return home empty-handed. Lyon have found their best form of late and they are likely to extend their impressive goal-scoring run in the Europa League. Alexandre Lacazette is enjoying a season to remember and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain. This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot. Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
Highlighted Team (AZ Alkmaar):
AZ Alkmaar are a professional football club that play their home matches at AFAS Stadion. The venue was opened on 4 August, 2006 and the construction of the stadium cost €38 million. AFAS Stadion is able to hold 17 023 spectators. The Cheeseheads were founded on 10 May, 1967 and they won their first trophy in 1981, finishing the season 12 points clear of Dutch giants Ajax. 18 years later AZ clinched their second Eredivisie trophy, with the team finishing the 2008/2009 campaign with 80 points, 11 clear of second-placed Twente. In 1981 the club made it to the UEFA Cup final, but English side Ipswich Town proved to be a big catch for the Dutch team. AZ’s home kits are red and white and they wear black shirts when playing on the road. The likes of Shota Arveladze, Jozy Altidore, Ron Vlaar, Joris Mathijsen, Graziano Pelle, Simon Poulsen, Moussa Dembele and Sergio Romero are notable footballers who played for AZ in the past.