Juventus vs Lyon
Date: Friday, 7 August 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Allianz Stadium.
The Old Lady will have the toughest of jobs to do this weekend at their home. After an exhausting and nail-biting campaign, they did manage to lift the Serie A crown, but it has raised several questions regarding their capability to deliver in Europe.
They were given a run for their money by the likes of Lazio, Atalanta, Inter etc, while in pursuit of the Italian championship, and contrary to usual, they became the toppers by virtue of a single point.
Moreover, Les Gones are coming into this fixture after months of rest, while their counterparts saw their duties come to an end mere days back. Maurizio Sarri had made public criticism about how tiring it was his boys to play back-to-back fixtures three days apart, for a month.
On top of that, the French contingent had won the first leg, and that too while keeping a clean sheet. As such, not only do they have a 1-0 lead in aggregate, but they have successfully dealt with the risk of conceding an away goal as well.
By the looks of things, we are in line for one of the tensest games in Europe this season. However, the superior talent on the side of the Italians, and that lack of proper competition in the Ligue 1, slightly shit the scales in favor of the Old Lady.
They definitely will have to work for it, but it seems that Juventus just might pull off an upset here.
Juventus vs Lyon: Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams have been pitted against each other twice before in European fixtures. On both occasions, the Italians managed to progress to the next round.
- The first leg of this tie had ended in a 1-0 win for Rudi Garcia’s men, and that was their first even win over this opponent.
- It was also the very first time that Sarri’s men had failed to score against this rival.
- In the 2014 Europa League match-up, the Old Lady managed to win via an aggregate scoreline of 3-2. Later, in the 2016 Champions League Group Stage, they had an aggregate scorecard of 2-1.
Juventus vs Lyon: Prediction
The first leg had ended in a 1-0 win for the French contingent, and despite the likes of Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain playing, the Italians could not score a goal.
However, this has been a fixture that Sarri’s men have been waiting for a long time. They have heard a lot of criticism over the course of this season, and they could answer all of their doubters with an impressive performance in this game.
While the absence of crowd certainly will be a factor, it still is at the Allianz Stadium, where Sarri’s men have been dominating for a very long time. Moreover, after losing the Golden Boot, Ronaldo is hell-bent on making amends.
Moreover, Bianconeri have a 100% success record in two-legged ties against this opponent, and they have a 100% unbeaten record at home against these French rival as well.
In addition, disregarding the loss against Roma in the final match-day of the Serie A, it’s been almost a year since the Italians have lost here. Furthermore, Les Gones had lost four of their last five games away from home as well.
Likely, expect the will of Juventus to triumph this Friday at the Allianz Stadium.
Juventus vs Lyon: Betting Tips
Juventus to Win @ 1.44 (4/9)
To Score in First Half @ 1.60 (3/5).