UEFA Champions League: Lyon vs Manchester City


Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will be out for revenge on Tuesday evening, when they visit Lyon at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in UEFA Champions League Group F. The reverse fixture produced a very surprising result, Lyon won it 2-1 thanks to goals scored by Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir at the Etihad Stadium. That was the first and only defeat for Manchester City since the start of the current campaign. That was the first direct meeting between these two teams. Lyon have a decent track record against teams from England so far, they have won 6 and lost 6, while Manchester City have won 2 and lost 2 against French sides.

Lyon are still undefeated in this season's Champions League, but they followed up the shocking victory at the Etihad Stadium with three consecutive draws. That string of results leaves them in an uncertain position ahead of the final two group matches, they are three points ahead of third-placed Hoffenheim and four points ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, but that distance might shrink considerably if they lose Tuesday's match against leaders Man City. Lyon are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions, including last week's 1-0 victory in Ligue 1 over St Etienne. Amine Gouiri remains sidelined for the home side, while Rafael is an injury doubt.

Manchester City can regard the defeat against Lyon in the reverse fixture as an accident, it was their only defeat in all competitions this season and one of the just three matches that they have not won since the start of the campaign. In fact, they collected three wins out of three in the Champions League after that defeat, the fourth would guarantee their place at the top of the group table. Last weekend the Citizens won 4-0 at West Ham United in the Premier League, extending their winning streak in all competitions to eight games. Pep Guardiola still has a long list of injured players: Claudio Bravo, Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva are all ruled out for Tuesday's match.

Probable line-ups:

Lyon: Lopes - Tete, Marcelo, Denayer, F. Mendy - Tousart, N'Dombele - Traore, Fekir, Aouar - Depay

Man City: Ederson - Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko - D. Silva, Fernandinho, Delph - Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling

My prediction: Manchester City to win 3-1, the Citizens are in splendid form and they will prove that the result of the reverse fixture was just an accident.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Lyon win - 7.50
Draw - 5.50
Man City win - 1.40

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  • Bulgaria sharpe

    27/11/18

    The most surprising thing for me is that the away win to City is so far Lion's only one in the group.

    Probably City 'd want to make sure they'll not loose that one which would allow them to rest some players in the last round but the game is mighty important for the home side and they've already done it once so...let's see.

    Perhaps I'd not be even close with that one but I'm going to predict a 1-1 draw.

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