OL - Zenit: the chance to make a strong impression (18h55)
In a well-balanced group that should go until the last matchday, every point will be important. The four teams seem on the same level to start. After their most recent Champions League match in which Lyon endured a big defeat (5-1) against FC Barcelona, Jean-Michel Aulas' players must reassure themselves and establish themselves as leaders of group G. The summer investments have been made for these evenings and the side should do at least as well as last year.
OL are preparing to face an experienced club, one whose trophies include the 2008 UEFA Cup win against Glasgow Rangers, and the Super Cup against Manchester United the same year. This season, after three years in the Europa League (all of which ended in the knockout rounds), Zenit this year is back in the queen of European competitions. During its last participation in 2015-2016, the Russian club was in the same group as OL and shone (two victories, 3-1 and 0-2) before losing in the Round of 16 against Benfica, another part of this group. After nine matchdays of the Russian championship, Zénit is also well placed and will present itself at Groupama Stadium to take its chances. The Russians will be without Malcom, their new recruit from FC Barcelona, who has just been injured.