Olympique Lyon vs Villarreal
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 15 February 2018
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: Groupama Stadium (Lyon).
The return of Europa League action after a lengthy winter break comes in a poor moment for both Olympique Lyon and Villarreal. These two sides have been struggling for consistency throughout the entire season and neither of them will head into this last 32 round tie in high spirits.
The Kids have fallen down to the fourth place in the Ligue 1 standings after losing three on the bounce in the domestic campaign. The head coach Bruno Genesio clearly has a lot to do in order to fix the obvious holes at the back since the French side has been super easy to break down lately allowing eight goals during the three-loss run. The latest of the failures happened on Sunday evening when Rennes got away with a 0-2 victory at Groupama Stadium.
Things don’t look much better for Villarreal either. The Yellow Submarine seemed to have gained the fighting spirits after they’ve lost their star man Cedric Bakambu in the winter transfer window. Nonetheless, the winning streak has been terminated with two shocking losses to the likes of Real Betis and Deportivo Alaves. The 1-2 home defeat to Babazorros has been particularly painful for Javi Calleja and his men since it has allowed Real Madrid to escape on a five-point gap in the battle for the fourth position in the Primera Division standings.
Olympique Lyon vs Villarreal: Head-to-head
This will be the first official head to head match between these two sides.
Villarreal came on top (0-2) when the two teams met in the Emirates Cup in London back in the summer of 2015.
Olympique Lyon vs Villarreal: Prediction
Both Lyon and Villarreal have been anything but meticulous at the back lately and we just don’t see any of these two teams keeping their net untouched here.
Since we expect a high-scoring contest, backing Lyon’s talisman Mariano Diaz (14 goals in 24 appearances in Ligue 1) seems to be a decent call at 2.10 odds.
Olympique Lyon vs Villarreal: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS @ 2.10
Mariano Diaz to score anytime @ 2.10