Lyon travel away to AZ Alkmaar with the worry that their form in the domestic league has struggled winning just 2 out of their last 7 games in all competitions. With a lot of pressure on their key striker Lacezette to find the back of the net; the supporting cast of Fekir, Depay and Valebuena haven’t delivered always upto expectations. While they have scored in 6 out of their last 7 games, but it hasn’t translated to any victories. They come into this competition after getting dumped out of the Champions League and with no chance of qualifying to the Champions League at this stage with a 13 point difference v 3rd place Nice; Lyon have to win this contest to get into Europe’s elite competition. Lyon have been conceding with relative ease as they have kept only one clean sheet in those last 7 games headed into this one.
AZ look forward to home comforts to help them navigate this knockout stage of the competition. While they have only lost 2 games out of their last 10; 2 of those losses came in the last 3 weeks alone against PSV and Vitesse. AZ have been in good scoring form, finding the back of the net in each of their last 10 games led by Weghorst and Jahanbaksh. Defensively, it has been a struggle for them conceding goals in 7 out of their last 10 games as well, and that won’t be easy to maintain with a good Lyon team coming to down.