Lyon are hoping to capital on the first round victory and maintain the perfect record after Tuesday’s home tie with Shakhtar Donetsk. The host will come into the game encouraged with the shocking 1-2 away victory over group’s main favourites Manchester City at Etihad.
Bruno Genesio’s men showed a fantastic display on the occasion. The win was inspired by the phenomenal attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, The Frenchman had an assist and a goal each inside the opening 45 minutes of the affair in Manchester.
Shakhtar, on the other side, managed to save a big point at home against Hoffenheim two weeks ago. The team led by Paulo Fonseca showed a great fighting spirit to come back from a deficit on two separate occasions. Their goals came from the South American duo Ismaily and Maycon.
This will be the first official head to head encounter between the two teams.
Lyon came on top when teams met in a friendly in the summer of 2014 (4-1).
Les Gones have three wins and a draw in four games against the Ukrainian opposition (including affairs against Dynamo Kyiv and Chornomorets Odessa).
Shakhtar boosted up their confidence by bagging six goals in a demolishing victory over Karpaty in the domestic league on Friday. They made it 29 goals from 10 games in the top flight of the Ukrainian football. Such attacking form saw them win nine of ten matches so far. Such record is good enough to place the team four points clear off bitter rivals Dynamo Kyiv in second.
Lyon, on the other side, interrupted the three-win streak by failing to see off Nantes on Saturday evening at Groupama. The Etihad hero, Nabil Fekir, missed an 81st-minute penalty. Nevertheless, Genesio can still be more than thrilled with his side’s attacking form at the start of the season.
Les Gomes bagged seven goals in back-to-back wins over Marseille and Dijon previously. Knowing that Shakhtar have also been thriving in the final third so far in the season, we have to go with the both teams to score as a banker bet here.