Lyon vs Juventus
Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon).
The Italian champions are heavy favorites in probably the most lopsided fixture in the Round of 16 of this season’s CL. The seventh-placed team from the comparatively far inferior Ligue 1 will find life tough against the eight-time defending champions of the Serie A, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo firing on all cylinders.
The Match Preview
Lyon were held to a 2-2 draw at home in their final Group-Stage game by Leipzig. However, it was inspirational that the hosts managed to claw back into the match, after trailing 0-2 at half time, that too against one of the best teams in the Bundesliga at the moment.
Meanwhile, Juventus concluded their preliminary stage proceedings with a 0-2 win on the road, against another German outfit, Leverkusen.
The trio of Cristiano Ronaldo-Gonzalo Higuain-Paulo Dybala, all contributed to the win handsomely. Juventus, known around the world for their defense, have stepped up their offensive game, in pursuit of a CL medal.
Ever since arch-rival Lionel Messi one-upped with a sixth Ballon d’Or win, Cristiano has been on a rampage. He’s determined to catch up to his nemesis, and at present, is on a scoring streak for the Old Lady in 11 straight games.
Moreover, he has a reputation of stepping up his game massively once the European schedule kicks off, and this definitely should scare Lyon.
Lyon vs Juventus Head-to-head (h2h)
- Juventus hold a 100% unbeaten record against this opponent.
- In fact, disregarding a 1-1 draw in 2016, the Italian team hold a 100% winning record.
- At this venue, the hosts are yet to score a goal against the Old Lady.
- These two had been pitted against each other in the Quarters of 2013-14 Europa League. Then, Juventus progressed to the next round, with wins in both legs.
Lyon vs Juventus Prediction
First of all, Juve had finished atop their group, while Lyon had to make do with the second position. On top of that, Juve are from the prestigious Serie A, and are the eight-time back-to-back champions in the competition. On the other hand, counterparts Lyon are from the Ligue 1, jokingly called the Farmers’ League, for obvious reasons.
Going on, at present, the Old Lady are at the top of the Italian league, while opposite number Lyon are struggling to even get into the top-six. Moreover, Juve are hell-bent on delivering the European trophy, and can be expected to put forth the finest of performances this Wednesday.
In addition, Juventus hold a 100% unbeaten record against this opponent, and disregarding a single draw, even hold a 100% h2h winning record. At this venue, Juve have won all h2h clashes so far, and are even yet to concede a goal.
Taking these observations into account, expect Juventus to deliver a winning performance this match-day. And to pile on, their impressive defense should present them a clean sheet as well.
Still, to be on the safe side, we will wager on Maurizio Sarri’s men to keep a clean sheet in the first 45 minutes.
Lyon vs Juventus Betting Tips
Juventus to Win @ 1.90 (9/10)
Juventus to Keep a Clean Sheet in the First Half @ 1.44 (4/9).