Classified but fighting for the top spot in Group E, Atalanta and Lyon face off on Thursday, December 7. The match is part of the schedule of the sixth and final round of the Europa League in its 2017/2018 season. Scheduled to start at 16h (Brasília time), the clash in Cittá del Tricolore, in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
The teams divide the point with 11 points. So whoever wins will be at the top of the leaderboard. A goalless draw goes to Lyon. Any other equality leaves the Italians ahead. Apollon, who scored three points, and Everton, who only managed one, are eliminated.
The recent performance of Atalanta
Going through a deep reformulation process started at the end of the previous successful season, Atalanta has not been presenting the expected results. On Saturday, December 2, he drew 1-1 with Torino in Turin. With 20 points (five wins, five draws and five losses), he is tenth in the Italian Championship.
It is a long way from the European tournament qualifying zone, which was his ambition before the tournament began. This block is closed by Sampdoria, sixth placed, with six points more in comparison with Atalanta.
At home, the team can present better numbers. He is the fifth best captain of Serie A with 17 accumulated points (five wins, two draws and one loss) of the 24 played.
To face the French, coach Gian Piero Gasperini has a question regarding the lineup Marten de Roon (13 matches in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship without a goal). He suffered a muscle injury that took him out of the game against Torino and will most likely remain out of the team on Thursday.
The current form of Lyon
The French have a much more consistent season. They are doing well not only in the continental tournament but also in the Ligue 1 runners-up dispute, which is the best they can win in a competition that has the Parisian millionaire Paris Saint-Germain.
On Sunday, December 3, as a visitor, Lyon beat Caen 2-1. It was their eighth win in the last ten games. He climbed to 32 points (nine wins, five draws and two losses) returning to second place in the tournament. It has the same score of Monaco and Olympique de Marseille, but it takes the best in the tiebreaker criteria.
Coach Bruno Genésio will have to wait for the position of the medical department in relation to two starters to know if he can count on them to face Atalanta. They are defender Jeremy Morel (11 matches in the French Championship 2017/2018, no goal) and striker Bertrand Traore (13 matches, three goals).
In addition to them, the midfielder Clement Grenier (a game without goals) follows in the infirmary. In your case, however, it is not a big loss since you are only a player for casting.
History of the bouts between Atalanta and Lyon
The start of the first round of the current edition of the Europa League was the first involving the teams. There was a 1-1 draw.
The lack of commitment and the little use of being the first placed in the group should cause the match to be played openly and without major commitments. Style more suitable for Lyon, more accustomed to offensive postures. Thus, visitors’ guess is the best option for mourning. It has a price of 2.95 in Betboo. Draw returns 3.40 and Italian success yields 2.27 for 1