Lyon come into this encounter after suffering some struggles in recent weeks with 3 games on the trot without a victory they drew 1-1 in the last round against Apollon, followed by a 2-0 defeat to PSG and then a 3-3 draw with Dijon. Lyon lost their top striker Lacazette in the off-season but have supplanted their strike force Mariano Diaz and Bertrand Traore to aid the likes of Fekir and Depay in their efforts to find the back of the net. While it is an important competition, the defensive liabilities and possible rotation will see Lyon looking vulnerable at the defensive end and would likely to concede in this encounter.
Atalanta have been playing well in recent weeks and that form has propelled them up in the table along with a solid victory in their opening round game in the Europa League by smashing Everton by a score of 3-0. Atalanta has actually gone 5 game on the trot without a defeat with 3 wins and 2 draws during their time showcasing the good form they have been. They have scored 12 goals during that span with scoring led by Gomez, Petagna and Iliic. Defensively, they are struggling to keep it quiet having leaked goals in 6 out of their 7 competitive games played so far this campaign.
With both teams struggling to make an impact in their domestic leagues; this fixture might turn out to be a slight distraction, and I don’t expect the teams to play to their best potential especially on the defensive end.