This Wednesday, February 25, Lyon receives Juventus on behalf of the 1 / 8th finals first leg of the Champions League. Both teams will want to win in order to take an option on the qualification.
Lyon vs Juventus Free Betting Tips
Rather spared during the draw for the group stage, Olympique Lyonnais found themselves in a very heterogeneous group which included Leipzig, the Zenith and Benfica. With a fairly average record of 2 wins against Leipzig (0-2) and Benfica (2-1), 2 defeats against Benfica (2-1) and Zénit (2-0), and 2 draws against Zénit (1-1) and Leipzig during a crazy match on the last day (2-2), the Gones managed to validate their ticket for these 1/8 finals in a somewhat miraculous. This laborious campaign is like the first part of the Lyon season also very average in Ligue 1. Still gone up to 7th place in the ranking, OL won in Metz last Friday (0-2), thus putting an end to a bad dynamic of 4 games without a league win (2 losses and 2 draws). On the other hand, Rudi Garcia’s men are successful in the Cup since they have qualified for the final of the Coupe de la Ligue and for the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.
For its part, Juventus did not have to struggle as much to win their qualification for these 1/8 finals. Apart from a first draw conceded on the lawn of Atlético Madrid (2-2), the Bianconeri have won all their matches against Bayer Leverkusen (3-0), Lokomotiv Moscow twice (1-2 and 2- 1), Atlético Madrid (1-0) and Bayer Leverkusen 0-2). In Italy, Maurizio Sarri’s men are at the top of Serie A for the moment with 1 small point more than their closest chaser. After beating Brescia (2-0), they hardly imposed themselves on the lawn of SPAL last weekend (1-2).
The staff for Lyon vs Juventus
Lyon still cannot count on its executives Depay, Reine-Adélaïde and the young Solet who are still recovering. In addition, Rafaël should also be absent after missing the weekend match against Metz. The left side holder Koné has resumed training with the group and could make his comeback. Author of 13 goals in Ligue 1, Moussa Dembélé will be the number one danger for Gones.
Juve will travel without the potential starters Demiral and Douglas Costa and the German international Khedira who are all in the infirmary. Suspended this weekend, Bonucci will return to defense and the former Lyonnais Pjanic should return from injury. Recovering from his low back pain, Gonzalo Higuain trained earlier this week and should be on the trip. In great shape despite the years, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in the 20 games he has played in Serie A this season.
The compositions for Lyon vs Juventus
The likely composition of Lyon:
Lopes – Marcelo, Denayer, Marçal – Dubois, Tousart, Aouar, Cornet – Toko-Ekambi, Dembélé, Terrier.
Absent: Depay, Reine-Adélaïde, Solet (injured)
Uncertain: Rafaël, Koné.
The planned tactical arrangement (3-4-3):
Marcelo – Denayer – Marçal
Dubois – Tousart – Aouar – Cornet
Toko-Ekambi – Dembélé – Terrier
The likely composition of Juventus:
Szczesny – Danilo, De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro – Betancur, Pjanic, Rabiot (or Matuidi) – Cuadrado (or Bernardeschi), Dybala, Ronaldo.
Absent: Demiral, Douglas Costa, Khedira (injured)
Uncertain: Higuain (recovery).
The planned tactical arrangement (4-3-3):
Danilo – de Ligt – Bonucci – Alex Sandro
Betancur – Pjanic – Rabiot
Cuadrado – Dybala – Ronaldo
The history of confrontations Lyon vs Juventus
The two clubs have only faced each other 4 times in history. Juve lead with their 3 wins but Lyon managed to draw a draw in Italy in 2016.
Key points for the match Lyon vs Juventus
– Lyon is in difficulty in the big games with defeats against all the podium candidates in Ligue 1 this season.
– Lyon qualified as extremely correct in the 1 / 8th final.
– Juventus has a much larger workforce on paper.
– CR7 is the top scorer in the history of the competition with 129 goals scored.
Free Betting Tips Lyon vs Juventus
Largely superior in all respects, Juventus should be able to come and win on the field of a Lyonnaise team which has not shown any guarantee of being able to achieve the feat this season.
Betting Tips: Juventus victory