Both clubs under examination in today’s Atalanta vs Lyon preview have already secured qualification from UEFA Europa League Group E. The teams have had an impressive continental campaign so far in 2017/18, remaining unbeaten to this point. Managers Gian Piero Gasperini and Bruno Génésio will be quietly confident that their respective sides can last until the latter stages of the tournament with a bit of luck.
The home team scrutinized in our Atalanta vs Lyon betting tips have let European distraction hamper their domestic form this season, though with the Group stages approaching their final games, they should be able to refocus their concentration on Serie A soon. Atalanta started their Europa League adventure with a 3-0 win over Everton. They took a point in France against Lyon, before putting another three goals past Apollon. They could only draw with the Cypriots on their own patch, but they hammered Everton in England, beating the Toffees 5-1 in their most recent match.
Les Gones have been equally impressive in their UEL run. They drew their first two fixtures against their Italian opponents this week and Apollon, but since that double hiccup, they have been unstoppable, winning three matches on the spin. They knocked in nine goals in that trio of matches and they look to be getting stronger and more confident with each passing contest. The Frenchmen made it to the Semi Finals of this competition in 2016/17.
With qualification for the teams in our pick of Atalanta vs Lyon bets already a guarantee, the commitment of each set of players might be less than it should be when they meet at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on December 7th. With domestic matters likely to be prioritized, both managers will probably rest some key players in this dead rubber contest.
When the teams faced off earlier in the group, they played out a 1-1 draw in a close affair between two extremely well-matched teams. If you offered both squads that result now, they would probably take it. The French side aren’t used to losing at this level, they have been beaten only twice in thirteen Europa League games.
Each of our featured outfits come into the final Group E fixture holding onto unbeaten records and while a defeat for either side would be relatively meaningless in the grand scheme of things, maintaining their record would allow them to bring extra confidence into the next stages. You can back the draw with Ladbrokes, who have the best Europa League football odds around for that outcome.
The teams’ break down in this week’s Atalanta vs Lyon predictions share several traits. They are both organised and well drilled in defensive areas for the most part – they have conceded four and three goals respectively in the competition so far after five matches each. At the other end of the pitch, they share the useful habit of regularly finding the net.
The sides have netted twenty-four times between them over their five matches and they both hold a 100% streak of scoring in each game they have taken part in. That sequence, of course, included the clubs’ 1-1 tie in the Groupama Stadium in late September. Bertrand Traore gave Les Gones the advantage that day before a second-half strike from Alejandro Gomez brought the visitors level.
We’re backing both attacks to keep their perfect scoring record going in the Europa League. After careful research and comparison with their competitors, Betfair’s odds proved the most valuable option for punters using the last of our European soccer predictions today.