Zenit vs Lyon
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 4, 2015, 2:45 PM (EST)|
The Line: Lyon 7/5 Draw 12/5 Zenit 11/5
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One of the more interesting match ups on Wedensday night will be the meeting of Zenit and Lyon in France. While Lyon are favourites because of their home advantage Zenit to me look the better team and in the reverse fixture they completely dominated from start to finish winning the game 3-1 at their ease. Zenit know that they need just a point from this game to all but guarantee themselves qualification to the next round but with a team of quality players I dont think they will just go to Lyon for a point. Hulk, Witsel, Dzyuba are all playing excellent football under former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andrea Villa Boas and I think that Zenit will fancy their chances on the counter attack here.
Lyon come into this game having won their last two since losing the away fixture to Zenit. This is a good Lyon team not in the same class as Lyon teams of the past but Tolisso, Lacazette and Beauvue represent the future for this side and Lyon have a young attack that can cause problems for their opposition with their pace. Manager Founier will look to his experienced players like Valbuena and Marlbranque to guide the youngsters but I think Lyon will most definitely go for the win here which could actually hurt them as Zenit are excellent on the counter attack.
While this one is tough to call a winner I see Zenit as being a very strong side here in Europe and they proved they can win on the road with victory over a highly fancied Valencia in game week one. I am going to take Zenit +1 on the handicap here as the value bet of the game. I think Zenit have a chance to win this one outright but being away from home taking the +1 should see us cash a winner.