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Lyon vs. Juventus Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
24 February 2020
Wednesday 26 February
Parc OL- Champions League
Serie A giants Juventus head to Ligue 1 side Lyon in the Champions League last 16, boasting Cristiano Ronaldo – the competition’s greatest player. The Italians will want an extended run in the tournament, but have domestic concerns too.
These two sides last faced each other in the 2015-16 Champions League group stages, with Juventus drawing away and winning at home.
Lyon manager Rudi Garcia only has one major injury concern ahead for the visit of Sarri’s side, with former Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva ruled out.
Sarri should have a clean bill of health for this game, but he could opt to recall midfield pair Blaise Matuidi and Miralem Pjanic to the starting line-up.
Lyon vs. Juventus Preview and Predictions
Lyon’s strong start to 2020 has tailed off in recent weeks, with Garcia’s side winning just one of their last five games in all competitions. Their Champions League group stage form was a mixed bag of results, with a final day draw against leader RB Leipzig ensuring their progress.
Juventus have benefited from their rivals slipping up in recent weeks to march back to the top of Serie A, despite only winning two of their last four league games. They were more convincing in the Champions League group stages than their hosts, with an unbeaten six game run to the knockout stages.
Juventus are consistently under pressure to break their nearly men tag in recent Champions League seasons, and they should have enough to get off to a positive winning start here – priced at 1.90.
Sarri’s side have not been as water tight in defence of late, with just two clean sheets in their last seven games. With that in mind, a BTTS bet comes in at 1.86.
Juventus to win 2-1 at 9.25
Juventus should be able to edge past their French opponents away from home, but this tie is likely to still be wide open for the second leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo to first at 3.3
Ronaldo has been in electric form in recent weeks, with 12 goals in his last eight games ahead of this clash, and he is still the competition’s leading scorer, with 128 goals