There couldn’t be a worse timing for Lyon to take on Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. They are missing their best player and have not been in very good shape lately. Juventus are coming here after back to back wins and in almost full strength.
Date/Time: 2-26-2020, 15:00 EST
Spread: Lyon +0.5
Total: 2.5 Goals
Lyon were in a really competitive group (RB Leipzig, Benfica and Zenit), but finished 2nd (2-2-2). However, despite those two losses, Lyon have now lost just four of their last 18 European matches (6-4-8). Lyon are the most successful French club in the Champions League, with this being their 16th appearance in the competition. They have reached the round of 16 for the 11th time, where they have a W4 L6 record. They drew all four home matches in the competition last season, and have now won just one of their last eight home matches in European competitions (1-1-6). Lyon’s record in two-legged ties against Italian clubs stands at W2 L5. Moreover, they have a 1-6-2 record in their last nine matches against Serie A teams.
On the other hand, Juventus had an easier job in the Group Stage, winning five of their six matches (5-0-1). They did great on the road with a 2-0-1 record, six goals and three conceded. The Italian giants have now won six of their last 11 Champions League matches (6-3-2). Juventus are in this stage for the 11th time (W7 L3), winning each of the previous three. They have also been tremendous in two-legged ties against French teams, going through in each of their previous 12 attempts. And they are undefeated in their last eight matches against French sides (6-0-2).
The two teams last met in the Champions League group stage of the 2016/17 edition. Juventus won in this venue before a 1-1 draw in Turin. Prior to that the two teams also met in the quarter-finals of the Europa League back in 2013/14, where Juventus won both matches. Juventus are a better team, and Lyon will be missing their best forward. Going with the Italians on this one.
Champions League Lyon vs Juventus Prediction: Juventus -0.5 (+101)
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