The French side are going to have their work cut out if they are to overcome a Juventus side who have been in scintillating form in this season’s premier European competition. The Old Lady registered five wins and a draw from their six group fixtures, while Lyon sneaked through by just a point in group G.
The home side’s success in the tie will largely depend on their ability to keep a certain Portuguese forward at bay. At 35 years young, Cristiano Ronaldo is showing no signs of slowing down, notching for the eleventh straight Serie A game at the weekend in his 1000th senior career appearance, equalling the Italian top-flight record for goals in consecutive games.
Lyon have faltered at the round of 16 stage in six of their last seven attempts, while opponents Juventus haven’t been beaten at this stage since 2016.
Where to Watch
|When is Kick Off?||Wednesday 26th February|
|What Time is Kick Off?||20:00 (BST)|
|Where is it Played?||Groupama Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream||BT Sport 3|
|Referee||Jesús Gil Manzano|
The home side’s treatment room has been a busy place this season. Both Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide are expected to play no further part this season having both suffered ligament damage. T
For the visitors, the weekend’s league victory over SPAL saw Giorgio Chiellini start for the first time since August.
However, Maurizio Sarri is expected to be without Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Douglas Costa and Merih Demiral due to their respective injuries.
|LYON||Lopes; Marcal, Marcelo, Denayer; Cornet, Guimaraes, Tousart, Tete, Terrier; Dembele, Ekambi.|
|JUVENTUS||Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Rugani, Sandro; Rabiot, Bentancur, Ramsey; Dybala; Ronaldo, Higuain.|
The two sides have met just four times previously, with all meetings coming in the last six years.
Both sides come into the game in reasonably good shape with two wins and a draw from their previous three fixtures.
Lyon, however, have endured a turbulent season in comparison to their Italian opponents, sitting a disappointing seventh in Ligue 1, a massive 28 points behind runaway leaders PSG. Progress in the Champions League could be the only way to save their season.
It’s a different story for Juventus. Sarri’s men are sitting pretty at the top of Serie A, although they are being run close by Lazio and Inter. Recent wobbles against Napoli and Verona appear to have been put behind them as they look to secure a record ninth Serie A title in a row.
|Metz 0-2 Lyon (21/02)||SPAL 1-2 Juventus (22/02)|
|Lyon 1-1 Strasbourg (16/02)||Juventus 2-0 Brescia (16/02)|
|Lyon 1-0 Marseille (12/02)||Milan 1-1 Juventus (13/02)|
|PSG 4-2 Lyon (09/02)||Verona 2-1 Juventus (08/02)|
|Lyon 0-0 Amiens (05/02)||Juventus 3-0 Fiorentina (02/02)|
Lyon really are going to have their work cut out if they are going to head into the second leg with a realistic chance of progression.
Moussa Dembele’s presence means they always have a chance to pull off a result, but the nous and know-how of a well-drilled Juventus backline may just prove too much for the youngster to handle alone.
If scoring seems a tough task (it does), then keeping a clean sheet may prove an even tougher one. Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to stop scoring dreadful goals, and don’t be surprised to see him turn up for the big occasion like he has so many times before.
Prediction: Lyon 0-1 Juventus