AZ Alkmaar vs Lyon Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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AZ Alkmaar vs Lyon Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

AZ Alkmaar and Lyon will square off at the AFAS Stadion on Thursday evening, as both sides will look to win their first UEFA Europa League game of 2017. AZ Alkmaar picked up a hard-fought 1-2 victory on the road at SC Heerenveen last time out in the Eredivisie thanks to a goal in each half from Muamer Tankovic and Iliass Bel Hassani. On the contrary, Lyon suffered a 2-1 defeat on the road at Guingamp in Ligue 1 on Saturday despite their star striker Alexandre Lacazette gave them the lead in the 10th minute. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

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AZ Alkmaar Preview

AZ Alkmaar managed a 1-2 away victory at SC Heerenveen at the weekend to end their two-game losing streak in the Eredivisie. Their recent form has been decent, as AZ have only lost two of their last nine games across all competitions. AZ find themselves in a comfortable 4th position in the Eredivisie table with 35 points to their name after 22 rounds, already 14 points off the 3rd-placed PSV Eindhoven. Regarding their Europa League campaign, Alkmaar finished second in the group D table with just 8 points under their belts, just one point clear of the 3rd-placed Maccabi Tel Aviv. AZ are undefeated in the last three Europa League group fixtures, winning two and drawing once in the process. On home soil, Alkmaar have only lost once in their last five games in the Europa League, conceding just five goals in this term. Overall, AZ have only lost three of their last 15 home fixtures across all competitions and managed to score at least once in 14 of these. These two clubs are meeting for the first time, but the good news is that AZ are unbeaten in three games against French teams, winning two and drawing once in the process. Wout Weghorst is a player to watch for Alkmaar, as the 24-year-old striker is currently leading the club’s goalscoring charts with ten goals in his 19 league appearances.

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Lyon Preview

On the other hand, Lyon have been struggling for consistency in the early part of 2017, winning three and losing five of their eight games across all competitions after the winter break. They took the lead in the 10th minute against Guingamp this weekend, but they conceded two goals within the space of four minutes to succumb to a 2-1 defeat. Les Gones find themselves only in 4th spot in the Ligue 1 table with 40 points after 24 rounds, just one point clear of the 5th-placed Saint-Etienne. Regarding their European campaign, Lyon only finished in 3rd place in the Champions League group H table to book their place for the Europa League round of 32. Les Gones are unbeaten in their last three European fixtures, winning once and drawing twice in the process. On the road, Lyon have only won once in three Champions League fixtures this season and scored just two goals in this term. Lyon’s last participation in the Europa League was back in the 2013/14 season when they managed to reach the quarter-finals of the competition. The bad news is that Lyon have been awful on the road over the past month, losing their last four games in all competitions and conceding at least two goals in each of these. Alexandre Lacazette has enjoyed an excellent Ligue 1 campaign this season, as he is leading the club’s goalscoring charts with 20 goals in his 21 league appearances.

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AZ Alkmaar Team News

Gino Coutinho is missing through an elbow injury, but Levi Opdam is a doubt. The good news is that Ron Vlaar is back in training following his calf injury.

Lyon Team News

Rafael da Silva and Emanuel Hernan Mammana are both doubts, while Matthieu Valbuena is missing through a thigh injury. In addition, Corentin Tolisso is out through suspension.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Lyon are hot favourites to win here despite they have lost their last four away games in all competitions and conceded at least two goals in each of these. On the other hand, AZ have only lost three of their last 15 home fixtures across all competitions, and scored at least once in 14 of these. Both sides have been involved in high-scoring affairs of late and I’m expecting another open game with goals at both ends of the field.

Both teams to score - Yes at 3/4

Over 2.5 goals at 4/5

AZ Alkmaar saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

AZ Alkmaar saw over 1.5 goals in 2 out of their last 2 games played against Lyon

Lyon scored over 2.5 goals in 6 out of their last 10 games played

Lyon are undefeated in all of their last 2 games against AZ Alkmaar

AVG Goals

3.1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

AZ Alkmaar Form Guide

AZ Alkmaar Team Logo

AZ Alkmaar

Won

7

Draw

1

Lost

2
L H

22-04-2018

KNVB Cup

Feyenoord Team Logo Feyenoord

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

29-04-2018

Eredivisie

Ajax Team Logo Ajax

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

06-05-2018

Eredivisie

PEC Zwolle Team Logo PEC Zwolle

FT 6 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

29-06-2018

Club Friendlies

VV Dirkshorn

FT 2 - 5

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

30-06-2018

Club Friendlies

SC Amersfoot

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

07-07-2018

Club Friendlies

FC Midtjylland Team Logo FC Midtjylland

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

12-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Zeeuws Elftal

FT 1 - 8

(HT 0 - 6)

W H

14-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Lokeren Team Logo Lokeren

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

18-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Panathinaikos Team Logo Panathinaikos

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

22-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Zulte-Waregem Team Logo Zulte-Waregem

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

Lyon Form Guide

Lyon Team Logo

Lyon

Won

8

Draw

1

Lost

1
W H

01-04-2018

Ligue 1

Toulouse Team Logo Toulouse

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

08-04-2018

Ligue 1

Metz Team Logo Metz

FT 0 - 5

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

14-04-2018

Ligue 1

Amiens Team Logo Amiens

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

20-04-2018

Ligue 1

Dijon Team Logo Dijon

FT 2 - 5

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

28-04-2018

Ligue 1

Nantes Team Logo Nantes

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

06-05-2018

Ligue 1

Troyes Team Logo Troyes

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

12-05-2018

Ligue 1

Strasbourg Team Logo Strasbourg

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

19-05-2018

Ligue 1

Nice Team Logo Nice

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

13-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Sion Team Logo Sion

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

21-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 4 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

AZ Alkmaar Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Lyon Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

3.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

AZ Alkmaar vs Lyon Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
24 GK Tim Krul 188 74
5 RB Ridgeciano Haps 175 66
30 CD Stijn Wuytens 183 74
3 CD Rens van Eijden 188 81
23 LB Derrick Luckassen 186 78
20 CM Mats Seuntjens 187 81
6 CM Ben Rienstra 182 67
7 CM Alireza Jahanbakhsh 180 77
11 RF Muamer Tankovic 180 74
9 CF Wout Weghorst 197 82
18 LF Iiass Bel Hassani 173 72
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Anthony Lopes 184 81
5 CD Mouctar Diakhaby 189 78
4 CD Emanuel Mammana 183 70
13 LB Christophe Jallet 178 70
31 RB Maciej Rybus 173 75
8 CM Corentin Tolisso 180 82
14 CM Sergi Darder 180 67
29 CM Lucas Tousart 185 83
21 CDM Maxime Gonalons 187 76
10 CF Alexandre Lacazette 175 73
18 CF Nabil Fekir 173 76