AZ Alkmaar vs Lyon
Competition: Europa League
Date: 16 February 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Having fallen out of the Champions League, it is a strange place for Lyon to find themselves as now they have to face a host of teams that have been battling it out in a lower league, but still, they must feel they are favourites, if they are focused on the competition at all.
Lyon will feel hard done by from their performances in the Champions League as they were one win away from qualifying but instead they dropped to third in Group H as Sevilla, the current Europa League holders, qualified ahead of them. Lyon are a force in French football, and dropping into the Europa League, they will probably be resting a few of their players for the upcoming game, but they will have enough depth to handle a trip to the Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.
For Alkmaar, they were second in their group in the qualifying for the Europa League. Again, they would have hoped to have done better as in six games they only won two of them, drawing two and then losing the other two. It was Zenit that qualified ahead of them leaving the Dutch side a tricky meeting with a team that is much more comfortable in the Champions League than in the Europa League.
AZ Alkmaar vs Lyon: Group stage form
The fact that these teams played in different competitions for their group stages puts things in context, because even though Lyon came third in their group, they also managed two wins, two draws and two losses.
It was the same for Alkmaar, winning two and drawing two, but with Zenit way ahead in first, and the rest far below, Alkmaar qualified from their group more die to the fact that they payed poor opposition.
AZ Alkmaar vs Lyon: Prediction
Being at home Alkmaar will have a slight advantage, and the fact is that no team likes to have to drop down and keep competing so you have to wonder how focused Lyon will be for this game. Still, the fact that Lyon is near the top of the French League and Alkmaar not doing as well in the Dutch League, which is not as good, you have to feel that even with a B-Team Lyon will win.
AZ Alkmaar vs Lyon: Tips
Being a home game will make Alkmaar tougher, but it won’t be enough for them to win, so bet on an away victory.