Lyon vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Free Betting Tips

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After an excellent start to their Champions League campaign – winning at Manchester City – Lyon face their first home game in the competition as they welcome Ukraine’s champions Shakhtar to the Stade Groupama. The visitors currently lead their domestic league, and drew with Hoffenheim last time out, and Lyon vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips lean towards the hosts while recognising that there’s never an easy game against Shakhtar at this level.

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Lyon vs Shakhtar Donetsk Best Odds

02. October 2018 | 20:00
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Tip:
Lyon win 1st half
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Lyon win and Both Teams To Score
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2-1 Lyon
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Lyon are a side that likes to start fast – they were 2-0 up at half time against Guardiola’s men last time out – and finding them at 6/4 to “win” the first half here seems like the Lyon vs Shakhtar Donetsk best odds you’re likely to find. With a collection of the best Ukrainian players and several gifted Brazilians, the Miners will be dangerous here, and backing the hosts to win but both teams to score, 23/10 with Genting, certainly looks worth investigating. Finally, if you want to take a longer punt, check out Ladbrokes’ correct score market. OL winning 2-1, our prediction for this contest, is available at 15/2 there.

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Lyon win 1st half
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Lyon win and Both Teams To Score
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15/2
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2-1 Lyon
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Lyon vs Shakhtar Donetsk Betting Tips: Form Guide

Lyon Seeking Consistency

The conveyor belt of impressive young talent serving Olympique Lyonnais has caught the attention of clubs across Europe, and the fact that Nabil Fekir is still at the club is still surprising even a month after the closing of the transfer window. He’ll go eventually. While he’s there, though, one might expect that a side with his gifts allied to those of Memphis Depay, Betrand Traore, Moussa Dembele and Hassan Aouar would be tearing up Ligue 1. Instead, Lyon find themselves in fifth place, with just 14 points from nine games.

It must be frustrating to follow Les Gones. Capable of turning it on to thrash rivals Marseille 4-2 in the Choc des Olympiques, and winning 3-0 away at Dijon, Lyon have also left an awful lot of points out on the field. A 2-2 draw at Caen, for example, was a very poor result – while a 1-0 defeat at home by a seriously out-of-sorts Nice will have left coach Bruno Genesio scratching his head. It’s all the more stunning that they can lose to Nice and newly-promoted Nimes, and then go to Manchester, outplay one of the favourites for the entire competition and beat them 2-1.

Perhaps, given that win over Marseille and the result in Manchester, Lyon are guilty of a big game mentality. If that is the case, then they should bring the big guns tonight, as Lyon vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips for today call on them to win a game that would put them in a decent position to finish this group as winners. With the players they have available, they shouldn’t lack for scoring openings.

Miners Having No Major Difficulties

The decision of the Ukrainian football authorities to harmonise their club calendar with the rest of Europe may well be the best news Shakhtar have had in years – in the past, they have performed excellently in the group stages but, as they get to later rounds, found themselves having to play knockout games during their domestic off-season. This time, they are in a similar position to their competitors, a couple of months into the Ukrainian Premier League, and they top the division by four points from Dynamo Kyiv. They don’t have a perfect record – they lost in the capital at the beginning of August – but unlike Dynamo, they’ve won every other game.

Their start in the Champions League was fairly middling – a 2-2 draw at home to Hoffenheim, who came to Shakhtar’s temporary home in Kharkiv and took the lead twice. Ismaily and Maycon, two of their stellar Brazilians, equalised on each occasion, with the latter rescuing a point on 81 minutes, just five after coming on as a substitute. They’ve warmed up for this game with a trip to Lviv to face Karpaty, and were able to pretty much take the second half off after exploding into a 5-0 lead by half time. Right-back Matvyenko grabbed a sixth before the hosts managed a late consolation, but it was an easy win for Paulo Fonseca’s men.

Donetsk will look to their gifted raft of attackers to get the goals that could secure them a place in the last 16. The focus of most Lyon vs Shakhtar Donetsk match previews will be Junior Moraes, who signed in the summer from Dynamo Kyiv. Since his arrival, he has scored nine goals in ten league games, which will come as an annoying surprise to his former club for whom he managed just five in 21 last season.

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The Last Five Games

Olympique Lyon VS. Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Lyon Form3 wins and 2 draws in the last 5 matches
  • Lyon Goals12 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Benfica Form4 wins and 1 draw in the last 5 matches
  • Benfica Goals15 goals in the last 5 matches
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Lyon vs Shakhtar Donetsk Preview: Recent Meetings

Although these sides are both regulars in this competition, this is the first time they have faced one another in any competitive context. The one time they have met, in 2014, came in a friendly held at Annecy, and saw the French side emerge as 4-1 winners. Although a friendly, the match was notable for the fact that it featured a starring performance from a 21-year old Fekir, who opened the scoring. Also involved on the night were youth-team products such as Alexandre Lacazzette, Maxime Gonalons and Alassane Plea, who have all gone on to make decent careers elsewhere.

Lyon vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction: Tough Home Win

Lyon’s less than perfect start to their domestic season is an issue that they will have to overcome themselves and, in fairness, they haven’t lost in their last four games – five, if you count the European win in Manchester. There’s no question that the talent is there – players have left the club in recent years to go on and star at some of Europe’s best clubs, and that process will continue. Bruno Genesio won’t get a chance to build the best side in Europe, but with the quality he has at his disposal he can certainly make an impact with what he has right now.

For Shakhtar, the problem is different. They’ve got plenty of money to spend on talented imports, but those players who come through the youth system aren’t of a similar quality and they will always struggle to go the distance in Europe as a result. They can, though, go toe to toe with Lyon and similar teams in the group stage. This should make for an exciting contest this evening – but home advantage and a better-balanced side should see the French team get the points. We’d expect a thrilling contest, and our Lyon vs Shakhtar Donetsk prediction is for a 2-1 win to the home team.

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