Dinamo lost 1-0 over the weekend, ending an incredible streak of 103 matches unbeaten at home. Forward El Arbi Hillel Soudani is off to a fast start, scoring four in the league and another two in the Champions League qualifiers. Lyon also lost over the weekend, 3-1 to Bordeaux, making it two straight defeats in which they've given up at least three goals. Alexandre Lacazette is off to a furious start, however, with six goals in the first four Ligue 1 matches. While we could have a shootout between two in-form strikers, expect Lyon to comfortably dispatch Dinamo at home.
Lyon will be expected to improve on their dismal display in the Champions League last year, when they finished in dead last in the group in a disastrous start to the season. With star striker Alexandre Lacazette not moving over the summer and the return of young attacking midfielder Nabil Fakir from injury, they have the firepower to do so. Elsewhere the squad remains relatively intact, apart from defender Samuel Umtiti’s move to Barcelona after starting for France at the Euros. They’re the clear favorite to upset PSG’s league dominance and early domestic momentum could translate into a smooth run in the group stage.
Dinamo are back in the group stage for the first time since 2012-13 after winning their play-off against Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. They’re the only Croatian side to ever win a European trophy (the 1967 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), but have never made it out of the Champions League group stage. With Juve, Sevilla, and Lyon awaiting, it would be an early surprise if they were to manage that feat this year. They’ll look to Bosnia and Herzegovina youngster Armin Hodžić and Chilean forward Junior Fernandes to pull off an upset.
Has scored at least 22 goals in each of his last three seasons at Lyon.
Named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year in 2015.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international scored 18 goals at just 21 years old last season.
Averages a goal every other game for Zagreb and is Algeria’s sixth highest goalscorer in history