Saturday, 16 July 2016

Fenerbahçe S.K. vs Olympique Lyonnais Club Friendly Match Preview And Prediction - July 16, 2016

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Fenerbahce have played 2 pre-season friendlies since their disappointing 1-0 defeat to Galatasaray in the Turkish Cup final held in late June. Fenerbahce had an excellent season in the Turkish Lig, which saw them finish as runners up in the league for the 2nd consecutive season even though they were the side with the fewest defeats (W22 D8 L4). Unfortunately, Besiktas finished 5 points higher to claim the Turkish Lig title, but Fenerbahce have at least qualified for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Olypique Lyon have also played 2 pre-season friendlies since their not quite so dramatic runner up finish in the French Ligue 1. Lyon also qualified for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round though they finished a ridiculous 31 points behind Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Lyon were closer to the relegation zone (26 points above) than they were to winning the league. Underperforming in the Champions League group stages last season will no doubt have them motivated for the upcoming one, especially if they are able to hold on to Alexandre Lacazette for next season (21 goals in 34 appearances).

Olympique Lyon have won all 4 of their previous competitive meetings against Fenerbahce, both legs of both UEFA Europa League meetings, and both sides have put in some entertaining performances in their respective pre-season friendly matches. Fenerbahce won both of theirs with over 2.5 goals and both teams scoring, while Lyon have won one and drawn one following the same trend. Friendly matches obviously have a different mentality to true competition, but both sides are in decent scoring form so this should prove to be an entertaining fixture as both sides put a continued focus on development. Combining this analysis with the statistic below, we expect over 2.5 goals at 29/40 to be the safe bet and a result of Lyon win 2-1 at 10/1 with bet365 to be a top value correct score bet for this match.

Fenerbahce and Olympique Lyonnais have met 4 times before over 4 legs of 2 seperate UEFA Champions League campaigns in 2004 and 2001. Lyon have won all 4 of the 4 matches between the two sides with one 1-0 win, two 3-1 wins, and one 4-2 win most recently.

Fenerbahce have played two and won both of their pre-season friendlies so far. Both teams scored in these matches and both matches had over 2.5 goals scored. Lyon have also played two pre-season friendlies so far, winning one and drawing one. Both of these matches also had both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals scored.

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel joined Fenerbahce earlier this week after 8 and 1/2 years at the club. Meanwhile Portugal's European champion Nani has transferred to Spanish side Valencia.

Olympique Lyonnais defender Samuel Umtiti, who earned his first cap for France in their 5-2 win over Iceland in the quarterfinals of the Euros, has signed a five year contract with Spanish champions Barcelona. Lyon have brought in defender Emanuel Mammana from Argentinian side River Plate to help replace him.

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