Match Preview: Lyon 1-1 Zenit Prediction and Betting Tips 17.09.2019

Lyon – Zenit Predictions

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Lyon 1-1 Zenit

Date: 17.09.2019 | Match at: 17:55 | League: Champions League – Group Stage – Round 1 | Tip: Over 1.5 Goals | Odds: 1.36 | Bookie: BetFair


Match Preview

Olympique Lyonnais welcome Zenit St Petersburg in this Champions League (CL) Group G opening fixture, with the hosts hoping to gain the edge in their balanced European H2H record against Russian opposition (W3, D2, L3), although two of these losses came against Zenit back in the 2015/16 CL group stage.
The hosts enter this clash on a three-game winless run in Ligue 1 (D2, L1), despite leading at half-time in two of those games. Moreover, the fact that Lyon have won just one of ten home games from their last two CL campaigns will not bring confidence to home fans (W1, D5, L4).
Sergueï Semak’s Zenit sit top of the Russian Premier League (RPL), after losing just one of their nine games so far (W6, D2, L1). Furthermore, on the road, they’ve won ‘to nil’ in four of their last five away league outings (W4, L1).
Additionally, the Russians have won nine of their previous 16 CL away matches (W9, L7), but from three historical away games against French sides in this competition, the Russian champions have won once (W1, L2) – each of those three games produced a 2-0 scoreline either way.
Players to watch: Lyon’s Moussa Dembélé leads the L1 scoring charts with five goals so far – four of which arrived before half-time.
Artem Dzyuba is currently the RPL’s third-highest scorer with six goals. He scored three of Zenit’s five strikes across the two previous CL H2H meetings.
Stat attack: Five of Lyon’s last seven CL fixtures have produced over 3.5 goals, while six have seen both teams score.
Zenit have not drawn any of their last 19 away matches in this competition (W9, L10).
Zenit were leading 1-0 at half-time in each of the two previous CL H2Hs.