Today we will look at the match in the most prestigious football club competition in the world, the Champions League. In tonight’s match, Lyon will host Manchester City at Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium.
The home side, Lyon are coming into this match as 2nd placed team in the Group F, 3 points behind Manchester City and 3 points ahead of Hoffenheim. With an overall record of 1-3-0, they are still undefeated in the Champions League. In their domestic league, Lyon is at the 2nd place, well behind PSG, with an overall record of 8-3-3. Lyon is also without a defeat in their recent 7 games in all competitions. In Lyons most recent match in Ligue 1, they have won against St Etienne, although Lyon played with only 10 players from 70′, when Rafael received a red card. Despite playing with 1 player less, Lyon held on to the lead they got in 62′ until the last whistle. That win saw them passing Montpellier on the leaderboards. Final score: 1:0.
Looking at Lyons matches in the Champions League, they have drawn every match except the one they played against Manchester City on 19th September, when they won (1:2). It was a surprising win from the French side, who scored the first goal in 26′, to which they added another one in 43′. Despite having much less possession of the ball in the 1st half (39%), Lyon still found a way to utilize their shots and got a well-deserved lead before heading into the next half. In the second half, we saw a complete domination from Manchester City, who had 65% possession, 15 goal attempts and 5 shots on goal. But all their efforts were not enough. Manchester City only managed to score 1 goal in 67′, which saw them being defeated in a match they were considered a huge favorite. Final score 2:1.
Manchester City, the visiting side tonight, have won all their Champions League matches, except the previously mentioned defeat against Lyon. In their domestic league, Manchester City has not lost a match yet, and with an overall record of 12-2-0, they are deservingly in the 1st spot on the leaderboard. In the Champions League, the loss against Lyon seemingly woke them up. Since the defeat, they have won against Hoffenheim (1:2), Shakhtar Donetsk (0:3) and again against Shakhtar in the most recent match on 7th of November (6:0). In every match they played in the Champions League, City was the dominant side, which can clearly be seen in their recent result when they won by 6 goals.
We expect City to look for revenge tonight. Lyon has been the only team in this season who beat them, and City surely won’t hold back against them. Lyon on the other side will look to get a good result out of this match and continue their impressive record against English teams at home (3-6-1). In addition, a high loss here would see them falling to the 3rd place in Champions League Group F if Hoffenheim manages to defeat Shakhtar in Germany. What Lyon will try to accomplish here is far from what we expect will happen, as City is clearly a better team and will look to humiliate Lyon in front of their own fans. Expect a dominant match from Manchester City and a high win to avenge the loss.
Prediction: Manchester City -1.50 Asian Handicap
Odds: 2.26 Asianodds