Match date: 07 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Europa League
| Stake: 6/10
| Pick: Draw
| Match result:
1-0 - Lost
Atalanta weren't that great in Italian league so far as in last season but still are only six points behind 6th placed Sampdoria and have a chance to climb up at that position which leads into Europa league qualifications, they were good in Europe and in their Europa league group are at top of the table, already secured playing in 1/16 finals, in last round they will face with strong French side Lyon and on outcome of this duel depends will they end up at top of the table but that's not so important at this moment. In first meeting with Lyon in September in France they got a draw and that seems like most possible outcome of this duel tonight.
Atalanta got a draw in last round of Italian Serie A in duel with Torino and that was fair result in the end, before that celebrated over Benevento at home while in previous round of Europa league smashed Everton in England and scored five goals there. Hosts are solid team and at home are playing really good, only in season opener were defeated in front of their fans against strong Roma while next four defeats all were on travelings, in this duel are welcoming strong team and despite this game can't change anything i expect open game and plenty of excitements.
Midfielder Jasmin Kurtic (15/2) is only player which is having problems with injury and his appearance is questionable.
For Lyon this was quiet good season, they will play in Europa league knockout stage again, in previous campaign they reached semi finals in this competitions, guests were really great but didn't had much luck and were eliminated by Dutch side Ajax, now are without single defeat in group stage and will try to at least keep it that way. In French Ligue 1 climbed up at second position and are nine points behind leaders PSG, it's hard to expect to keep up with them but for sure would be satisfied to end at current position and win direct placement into Champions league group stage.
Their top scorer Lacazette left the club during summer but they are still one of the most effective teams in France, in last game four days ago celebrated over Caen with one goal margin but weren't impressive, few days earlier suffered their only defeat in last 14 matches against Lille at home, despite deserved more in that game still failed to grab points, even missed a penalty. All in all Lyon did a good job so far and must try to continue in same manner, here are facing with decent Italian team and i'm pretty sure that this will be a great match.
Offensive midfielder Bertrand Traore (18/6) is injured and will stay out while defender Jeremy Morel (16/0) is still in doubt.
Atalanta secured progress into knockout stage, Lyon also so this match isn't important for these two teams and probably will exploit a chance to rest some players, still this should be an open game but i'll risk here and place my bet on draw.