Manchester City vs Lyon
Date: Saturday, 15 August 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estádio José Alvalade.
The Citizens believe that this year is really going to be theirs in the continental extravaganza. They have come close several times before, but have missed out on it by the tiniest of margins.
Of the teams that remain in the tournament, Pep Guardiola’s men, and Bayern Munich seem to be the favorites to go all the way. Interestingly, only one of these two will be in the final, as they are on a collision course for the semis.
The English team are in form, and their confidence is through the roof after beating Real Madrid soundly in the Round of 16. Moreover, they have the easiest of ties in the Quarters compared to the other fixtures.
Les Gones may have eliminated Juventus from the competition, but it was mainly due to the bad performance of the Italians, rather than the brilliance of the French squad.
Considering the phenomenal talent pool the Citizens boast, and their genius gaffer Pep, it’s estimated that Manchester City will go through to the semis by beating Lyon.
Manchester City vs Lyon: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Rudi Garcia’s men have a 100% unbeaten record against this rival. These two had locked horns in the 2018-19 edition of the competition, and then the French team recorded a 1-2 win on the road, and a 2-2 draw at home. These two games have been the only h2h fixtures so far.
Manchester City vs Lyon: Prediction
The former EPL champions recorded a 1-2 win on the road against Real Madrid in the first leg, and then followed it up with a 2-1 win at home, in the Round of 16.
Meanwhile, Les Gones recorded a 1-0 win at home over Juventus, and lost 2-1 on the road in the return fixture – thus advancing via the away goal rule.
By the looks of things, Pep’s men seem to be the favorites. They are one of the best teams in the best league in Europe, while their counterparts come from essentially the ‘Farmers’ League’. The apparent difference in quality and talent could be gauged from this fact alone.
Moreover, the lack of real competition in the Ligue 1 affects the team there in an adverse way – that they are unable to cope with pressure, or take on teams in Europe. Meanwhile, the Citizens have to pass through fire every single season in pursuit of the PL crown.
Furthermore, after the elimination of Juventus, Real Madrid etc, the English outfit believes that they could go all the way this season, and it’s a matter of pride for the Spanish manager, as he has never won a European title without Lionel Messi.
In addition, the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus etc are in terrific form, that Garcia’s men would find it hard to contain them these ninety minutes.
Confidently expect Manchester City to secure a win this weekend at the Estádio José Alvalade.
Manchester City vs Lyon: Betting Tips
To Score in First Half: Manchester City @ 1.44 (4/9)
Manchester City -1, -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.50 (1/2).