Juventus v Lyon Betting Tips & Predictions
Juventus were left stunned after failing to lay a glove on Lyon in the first leg of this last sixteen clash, although things are likely to be much different at the Juventus Stadium when the teams meet on 17 March.
The Italian champions didn’t manage an away goal when losing 1-0 against their French opponents and they are likely to tread carefully in the opening stages of this match considering that conceding a goal against their Ligue 1 opponents will mean they need to score three.
Maurizio Sarri won’t be unduly concerned about his team’s plight considering that Juve have won eleven of their twelve home matches in Serie A this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo having so often been the player for the big stage when he was wearing the colours of Real Madrid.
Matthijs de Ligt and Leonardo Bonucci can be banked upon as a central defensive pairing in front of Wojciech Szczesny, with Lyon surely unable to simply play for a goalless draw which would mean a cagey approach against one of the most dangerous opponents in Europe.
Lyon sit fifth in their domestic standings and are currently off the pace when it comes to qualifying for the Champions League again, although they have found some form and have four victories in the past five matches in all competitions.
Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele will be the visiting player most likely to nick that precious away goal, although Rudi Garcia’s team selection might border on the conservative.
The biggest concern is that Lyon have conceded nineteen goals in fourteen away Ligue 1 encounters, although they did come away with a surprise 2-0 victory away to Leipzig during the group stage.
However, Juve fluffed their lines against Ajax last season and won’t want the same thing to happen again. Providing they get that vital first goal, it could be plain sailing come the final reckoning.
Juventus win to nil @ 2.25 (5/4) with bet365