Lyon v Juventus Preview

April 1, 2014 | By

Coral Free BetsUEFA Europa League action Thursday Night comes from the Stade de Gerland and features Olympique Lyonnais versus Juventus.

View our Betting Preview, Match Odds, Tips and Predictions for the game which can be seen Live on ITV 4 High Definition with a scheduled 20:05pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Lyon v Juventus Preview, Europa League, Thursday 3rd April 2014

Lyon have done pretty well to reach this far in the tournament as their form on the domestic front leaves a lot to be desired and it looks extremely unlikely that they will qualify for Europe again next season unless they can go all the way and win this competition.

However, I really can’t see that happening as they have been very fortunate with the teams they have been drawn up against and Juventus will easily be their toughest game of the tournament so far and I just can’t see them being strong enough to be able to cope with the strength that the Italian side has.

Juventus came into the competition having been eliminated from the Champions League group stage having only been able to secure just one victory, but they have came through this far having eliminated Trabzonspor 4-0 on aggregate and then 2-1 against Fiorentina and with the season they are having at the moment they are definitely one of the favourites to win this tournament.

Lyon Team News:

Clement Grenier, Gueida Fofana, Gael Danic, Samuel Umtiti and Miguel Lopes are all unavailable for the hosts for this game as they continue to receive treatment for respective injury problems.

Lacazette and Gomis will lead the attack up front and will be hoping to continue their excellent partnership seen on the domestic front which has secured them with 25 goals between them so far this season.

Juventus Team News:

Angelo Ogbonna, Federico Peluso, Simone Pepe and Adrea Barzagli will be missing for the visitors as they all continue to recover from respective injury problems.

Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Arturo Vidal could all be seen in action if manager Antonio Conte decides to go all out for the win come thursday night and with these three players having scored 40 goals between them so far on the domestic front, they will surely have the Lyon defence on the back foot for most of this game you would imagine.

Lyon v Juventus Head to Head Statistics

Thursday night’s game at the Stade de Gerland will become the first ever meeting between the two clubs.

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

As this match on thursday night will become the first meeting between the two clubs, we have provided you with some average goals per game statistics based on what both sides have done during the tournament thus far.

Lyon have played 5 matches at home during the tournament so far and have managed to score in every single game, with a total of 8 goals having been scored in total which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 1.60.

Juventus have played 2 matches away from home so far in the tournament as they joined the competition late having been eliminated from the Champions League group stage, during these 2 games, Juventus managed to score 3 times which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 1.50.

Looking at both of the average goals per game statistics, it seems to suggest that we should see at least 2 goals scored on thursday night with both teams getting at least one, so BTTS and Total Match Goals 2 or 3 already stand out as being a couple of betting markets that look worth getting something on.

Lyon v Juventus Recent Form (Left to Right)

Lyon: W L L W L

Juventus: W W W W L

Juventus have a clear advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 4 from their last 5 matches played. Lyon have struggled having only managed to win 2 of their previous 5 matches played of which they lost the remaining 3.

Lyon v Juventus Match Betting Odds Market

Lyon are not given much chance of winning this game on thursday night as despite having home advantage and unbeaten in all of their 5 matches played in the tournament so far when having home advantage, the online bookmakers are going a current best price of 22/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers), which does seem overpriced in my opinion.

The Draw would be a result that Juventus would be happy enough to take back home for the second leg, especially if they managed to score and secure an all important away goal and with Lyon having struggled to win games of late, it might be worth getting something on the draw as your main cover bet for this game at a current best price of 11/4 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

Juventus were comfortably beaten at the weekend away against Napoli and that result will surely have sucked a lot of confidence from the players as a result, but with certain players rested for this game and now back in the starting lineup, it does seem that Juventus have the more likely chance of securing the victory in this game and can be backed at a best price of 3/4 with Ladbrokes (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

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Lyon v Juventus Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

I do think Lyon are a bit overpriced at their current odds to win this match as so far during this tournament they have managed to score in every game and remain undefeated at the Stade der Gerland and all the players that take to pitch on thursday night will be fully aware of the importance of winning this match if they are to stand any chance in progressing through to the semi-finals of this competition.

However, Juventus are simply on fire this season and although they did lose at the wekeend away to Napoli, their side did have a number of key players rested for this game and with those now back involved, I can’t see Juventus being beaten in this one.

The average goals per game statistics are indicating that we should see at least 2 goals scored during this match and as such my Banker prediction is going to be Both Teams to Score as I feel this could be a winning selection before the half-time whistle goes, if both sides setup to really have a go at each other and win this game.

My Saver is going to be Carlos Tevez to Score Anytime as 18 goals on the domestic front he does look the most likely player in the Juventus lineup to get his name on the score-sheet.

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