Our football match prediction:
Groupama Stadium will host Thursday’s football match between Olympique Lyon and CSKA Moscow. Les Gones recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Armeitsy in the first leg in Moscow and they are now on a quest to defend their slim lead. Seeing that Lyon are unlikely to win the Ligue 1 trophy this season, they are certainly focused on the Europa League and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against CSKA. The Russian side will certainly give 100% to overcome the deficit in the Groupama Stadium clash, but seeing that Bruno Genesio’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home, away win should not be considered. Seeing that there have been under 2.5 goals in each of last Olympique Lyon’s games in all competitions, yet another low scoring affair is on the cards and we believe that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the Europa League last 16 return leg.
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 (CSKA Moscow):
The most prominent division of the CSKA Moscow sports club, the Armeitsy as they are commonly referred to in Russia were founded in 1911 and were the official team of the Soviet Army during the communist era. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, PFC CSKA Moscow have been become a privately owned club, with the Ministry of Defence as a shareholder. The Army Men are one of the most successful clubs in Russian football with a rich legacy and extensive heritage both in modern era and in Soviet football alike CSKA Moscom won seven Soviet championship titles, while they have also added six Russian Premier League title for the total tally of 13 major domestic honours. CSKA Moscow also boast a remarkable record at the international level as well with the Armeitsy winning the UEFA Cup in 2005 having beaten Sporting CP to become the first ever Russian club to win a major European title. During the last decade CSKA Moscow reached UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2010 and the knockout stage the following year.