Two teams coming from Round 9 losses will face off when LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (5-4) hosts Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (2-7) on Friday. ASVEL lost its first home game of the season against Anadolu Efes Istanbul and now hosts another Turkish team that will arrive wounded and ready to bounce back. Fenerbahce suffered a severe defeat in Barcelona and confirmed its slow start to the EuroLeague season. One of them will get back to the winning path on Friday.
This will be the fifth time that these two clubs meet in the EuroLeague this century. The last time they played each other was in the 2009-10 season. Fenerbahce dominates the series 1-3, and the two times they faced in 2009 saw them split road wins.
Livio Jean-Charles and Derrick Williams will be the protagonists of a duel between small forwards in Lyon. Jean-Charles averages 9.4 points and 3.0 rebounds as a starter for ASVEL. Williams averages 10.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals starting for Fenerbahce, but he went scoreless in Barcelone during his 12 minutes on the court.
Keys to victory: ASVEL
ASVEL is having a dream start to the season at home, and it was just two days ago that the team dropped its first game in Lyon. Now, it's faces the visit of another EuroLeague behemoth like Fenerbahce. The guests arrive wounded, which makes them even more dangerous. Fenerbahce has the second-worst offense in the league, but the only team worse is ASVEL itself. The hosts will have to look for big man Tonye Jekiri, who is dominating in the paint, and try to make good selections when shooting from beyond the arc. Rebounds could be a key factor for ASVEL since Fenerbahce seems to be struggling with that aspect, aside from the fact that the guests will arrive without their best scorer Nando De Colo, who is still injured.
Keys to victory: Fenerbahce
Fenerbahce is in a rare situation for a team that has been to five consecutive Final Fours. However, the heart of this team can never be underestimated, and its roster is loaded with individual talent. The guests will have to try to forget the bad results and focus on beginning a recovery, and Lyon could be a great place to start. ASVEL is featuring better numbers on defense, so Fener will have to try to move the ball well and increase those 15.8 assists per game it has at this point. The hosts seem to be having a hard time from beyond the arc, so forcing those situations could be a way out for Fenerbahce, which needs a win as soon as possible.