PREVIEW & TIPS FOR AZ Alkmaar VS Lyon
AZ and Olympique Lyonnais join forces at the AFAS Stadion in a UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie. There is no record of previous direct confrontations between these two teams, so this will be your first confrontation. In this match the home factor could play a decisive role, as Olympique Lyonnais has shown differences in performance in their games at home and as a visitor.
The home side reach this stage of the UEFA Europa League (16 th finals) after finishing the group stage in Group D, with 8 points. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 games has recorded 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses as a visitor, with 24 goals scored and 20 conceded; Against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 defeats in his stadium, with 27 goals scored and 21 conceded. The team arrives at this meeting after a win away with Heerenveen by (1-2). In the last five home games for the UEFA Europa League, AZ have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 1. Their attack has regularly scored as they have managed to make it 7 out of the last 10 games for this competition. In his home games there is a tendency to score goals, as in 25 of his last 29 games there were over 1.5 goals and in 19 of the last 29 there were over 2.5 goals.
AZ Alkmaar makes its seventh game in 2017, the first in the second phase of the Europa League. In the group stage, the team managed to qualify in second place in Group D, which was led by the Russians of Zenit St Petersburg. The Dutch team have won their last two matches for the continental tournament, but have lost two of their last three games, valid for the Dutch Championship. This season, which began in mid-2016, the club has played twenty-four home games, including friendlies, and failed to score goals in just two of those games, which shows an efficient attack. There were fifty-six goals scored in those games, which results in a good average of 2.33 goals per game as a host. For this match, the manager should keep the team in the 4-3-3.
The visitors make their debut in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of achieving a positive result and surprise the home team. This is a stronger team when you play in your stadium, because in the last 30 games you have 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses as a visitor; Against 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses in his stadium. In the last game that played, for Ligue 1, lost with Guingamp away by (2-1). In the last 10 games as a visitor Olympique Lyonnais won 5, drew 1 and lost 4. Defensive solidity has not been their strong point, having conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 games, but their attack has regularly scored Who scored goals in 9 of the last 10 games. In 15 games, he has never been able to go all-around in the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Lyon take the field for its ninth show in 2017, which marks its debut in this edition of the Europa League, trying to achieve a good result to ward off the not very good moment that lives at the beginning of this year, since it has won only one of the last Five games he played. As a visitor, the team lost their last four games. Since the start of this season, the French club have played nineteen away games and failed to score goals in five of those games, scoring a total of twenty-seven goals away from home. For this match, the manager should keep the team in the 4-5-1, highlighting the scorer Lacazette.