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Crvena Zvezda opens the new EuroLeague season against Lyon-Villeurbanne at home in Belgrade. The Serbian team failed to make the Playoffs last season but goes into this one with high ambitions. The French team will have a tough time in the packed arena in the Serbian capital in front of more than 20,000 fans.
Crvena Zvezda vs Lyon-Villeurbanne – game predictions
- 1 Crvena Zvezda vs Lyon-Villeurbanne – game predictions
- 2 Can this Crvena Zvezda roster make the Playoffs?
- 2.1 Crvena Zvezda news, injuries, and starting lineups
- 2.2 Crvena Zvezda injury report
- 2.3 Crvena Zvezda starting lineup
- 2.4 Lyon-Villeurbanne news, injuries, and starting lineups
- 2.5 Lyon-Villeurbanne injury report
- 2.6 Lyon-Villeurbanne starting lineup
- 2.7 Crvena Zvezda vs Lyon-Villeurbanne head to head record
- 3 Key game details
Crvena Zvezda is a major favorite going into this game. It is of high importance for the Serbian champion to start strong in front of the home fans after all the investments made in the offseason. Playing in Belgrade is very difficult for the visiting teams, but there are multiple players on the Lyon-Villeurbanne roster who have felt that many times before.
Prediction 1: Crvena Zvezda -8.5 @ 17/20 (1.85)
Crvena Zvezda has invested a lot of funds in the roster this season, and nothing but reaching the Playoffs will be acceptable for them. Adding Teodosic, Bolomboy, and Hanga, who have won the EuroLeague before, is a huge step forward for the team, and that will be obvious from game one. Crvena Zvezda will have a strong start against one of the underdogs this season, as Lyon-Villeurbanne is not among the candidates to finish in the top half of the standings. The home team will have 20,000 people jumping in the stands, which will help them build an early lead and cover the -8.5 points spread at the end.
Prediction 2: Joffrey Lauvergne under 11.5 points @ 4/5 (1.80)
Lyon-Villeurbanne’s center, Joffrey Lauvergne, is coming back to Belgrade, and playing in such an environment is nothing new for him. Still, he will not feel welcomed as a former Partizan player, and that may take its toll on his game. Lauvergne is an experienced player who can score both from the inside and the outside, but he is past his prime. After a couple of serious injuries, he will not play more than 20 minutes, and with centers that Crvena Zvezda has, Lauvergne will not come even close to scoring over 11.5 points.
Can this Crvena Zvezda roster make the Playoffs?
Having a backcourt of Milos Teodosic and Nemanja Nedovic was a dream of every die-hard Crvena Zvezda fan. Both point guards with NBA experience are back in Belgrade, hoping to have the best EuroLeague season in the club’s history. It will be a long road for the red and whites, but anything is possible for them.
Crvena Zvezda news, injuries, and starting lineups
Dusko Ivanovic took over the team in the middle of the previous season and had to work with the players he had at the moment. Crvena Zvezda was very active in the offseason, and now Ivanovic has a team that can make a lot of noise this season.
Crvena Zvezda injury report
Crvena Zvezda starting lineup
Milos Teodosic, Adam Hanga, Dejan Davidovac, Rokas Giedraitis and Mikey Tobey
Lyon-Villeurbanne news, injuries, and starting lineups
The French league has already started, and Lyon-Villeurbanne is not in good shape based on the last two games. They lost to Saint Quentin 91-71 last weekend and 87-79 at home to Monaco the week before. That was a huge blow for the team before the game in Belgrade.
Lyon-Villeurbanne injury report
Lyon-Villeurbanne starting lineup
Frank Jackson, Nando de Colo, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Mike Scott and Joffrey Lauvergne
Crvena Zvezda vs Lyon-Villeurbanne head to head record
Crvena Zvezda leads 6-3 in the previous games against Lyon-Villeurbanne.
- 31.03.2023: Crvena Zvezda won 76-60 in Lyon
- 17.11.2022: Crvena Zvezda won 71-67 in Belgrade
- 21.01.2022: Lyon-Villeurbanne won 69-67 in Lyon
- 11.11.2021: Crvena Zvezda won 73-67 in Belgrade
- 29.01.2021: Lyon-Villeurbanne won 81-78 in Belgrade
Key game details
- Date & Time: October 5th, 2023 at 18:00 GMT
- Venue: Stark Arena, Belgrade, Serbia
- Where to watch match in UK: EuroLeagueTV and Eurosport Player
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