On Tuesday in Lyon, Zenit and Lyon will start in the group stage of the Champions League this season. These teams met twice in the Champions League in the 2015/16 season and then both times the victory went to Zenit goals in the two matches were scored by Dzyuba.
And in the Lyon match he scored twice. Then, however, he actively helped the Hulk, but the dignity of the headlights that does not diminish. Over the past years he has grown professionally and is the unquestionable leader of the St. Petersburg team. If “Zenit” win “lion” for the third consecutive time in the Champions League?
- The coefficients and forecast
“Lion” is not too successful in recent years played specifically in the Champions League.
Over the past 4 participation in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League Lyon only once managed to reach the playoffs. It was last year.
Then the “Lyon” reached the 1/8 final and lost to Barcelona.
It is remarkable that Lyon have never lost a home match in the group round of the Champions League last season, but managed to miss each of them.
During this time, Lyon has undergone a lot of changes. So, the team has no experienced mehndi, Fakira and Ndebele, and the signings haven’t gelled properly. Besides the head coach, “Lyon” is not practical Bruno Genesio, and there were top-class, which has no experience in independent leadership of teams. And this is one of the main problems of Lyon.
In the championship of France “lion” was launched successfully, immediately after defeating the “Monaco” and “Angers” with score 9:0, but then there were top-class, the inexperience took its toll and in the last 3 matches the team scored only 2 points.
In the last round Lyon, despite a brace Dembele, played draw with “Amen”, passing the ball in the last minute of the match. In General, the attack at Olympique Lyonnais in the League 1, and the defense conceded just 4 goals less only “Rennes” and “Nantes”.
“Zenith” feels a sense of deja vu. In 2014/15, “Zenit” also appeared in the group stage of the Champions League with clubs representing France, Germany and Portugal. Then Zenit came in third place in the group and eventually reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Last season they Semak became the Champions of Russia and that saved the team from qualifying for the Champions League. And this is a big plus for Zenit, as we all remember how difficult fixtures last season got to the group round of the Europa League. Especially it was hard to Zenit guest duels.
It is interesting that “Zenith” still lasts 9 match winless streak in away matches in UEFA club competition, while Zenit have suffered 7 defeats and 2 draw outcomes.
In the championship of Russia “Zenith” is among the leaders, but a few rounds ago, St. Petersburg was a sole leader in RPL, but then wards of Semak suffered defeat from “Ufa” played draw with “Ahmad” and the handicap “Zenith” has disappeared.
In the last round Zenit won with the score 3:1 the Tula Arsenal. One of the goals was scored by Dzyuba, who is the best striker of “Zenit”. On account of his 5 goals in the championship.
The coefficients and forecast
Offer to bet on “both teams to score – Yes”. Both teams have excellent attack and systemic problems in the defense. Besides “Zenith” on the road in European competition consistently skips, and Lyon when there were top-class yet “storm”.
Teams have skilled forwards like Dembele, Auer and Depay at Lyon, and Azmoun, Driussi and Dziuba in “Zenith”. The opening match in the Champions League will be for these teams is filled with struggles and goals is expected in both directions.