LYN vs JUV Dream11: Lyon must shrug off their stuttering domestic form when they host Juventus in the first leg of UEFA Champions League round-of-16 qualifier at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, on Wednesday night (IST). The Les Gones are enduring a difficult season. They are seventh in Ligue 1, 15 points behind second-placed Marseille and 7 worse off than Rennes in third. They have to finish at least 3rd to play in the Champions League next season or they can qualify by winning the competition, which is rather difficult considering the profile of the opponnets in this tournament. Italian giants Juventus are visiting the town for the first leg, and the French team knows the importance of this leg. They have to get at least a draw to fight for something in the second leg.
Host: Lyon Visitors: Juventus Competition: UEFA Champions League Match Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais Capacity: 59,186 Match Timing: February 27, @01:30 AM
Dream11 Football Prediction – Odds checker:
Lyon to win: 4.00 (3/1), Probability to happen: 25.00% Juventus to win: 2.00 (1/1), Probability to happen: 50.00% Draw: 3.30 (23/10), Probability to happen: 30.30%
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Lyon vs Juventus Team News:
Lyon Team News:
Lyon would have been in better shape and stood a better chance of getting the better of Juve had they been at full strength. At this moment, they are shorthanded and remain without a handful of key first-team players.
The biggest name missing from their roster is Memphis Depay. He is nursing an injury and is a long-term absentee.
In addition, Youssouff Kone Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Oumar Solet, and Rafael all remain out due to injuries.
However, the home side is boosted by the return of right-back Léo Dubois. He will be in contention to start the game.
Lyon likely changes:
Moussa Dembele will be leading the lines for the hosts, with the likes of Terrier, Aouar and Traore providing the support in the attack.
Mendes and Tousart should occupy the midfield, and protect the backline consisting of Tete and Marcal at right and left-back respectively and Denayer and Andersen as central defenders.
Lyon key players:
Moussa Dembele: Much of Lyon's hopes will depend on how Dembele performs on this particular night. He is their leading man with 23 goals in all competitions.
Houssem Aouar: One of Lyon's prized asset. He is playing like a star this season, a pivot in Lyon's attacking mechanism. He has scored nine and clocked six assists for the team this season.
Martin Terrier: With Depay out, he will have more responsibility to orchestrate and help the attack.
Bertrand Traore: Goals 4 and assists 3.
Centre-back Joachim Anderson and right-back Tete are also in a very good form.
Merih Demiral is the only injured player on Juventus' injury list ahead of this game.
Juventus received injury boosts ahead of this game as Miralem Pjanic, Gonzalo Higuain, Semi Khedira, Douglas Costa and Giorgio Chiellini all returning to the matchday squad.
That said, head coach Maurizio Sarri may resist the temptation to use the aforementioned players right from the off to avoid any injury setback due to the lack of match fitness.
How Juventus may line-up?
Chiellini started his first game the weekend after returning from the injury, which suggets he may be ready for this game. So we could see Bonucci and Chiellini partnering at the back, with Sando and Danilo at right and left-back respectively.
If Pjanic is not deemed fit to start, expect Bentancur, Ramsey and Matuidi to start, while Dybala, Cuadrado and Ronaldo may form the front three.
Juventus key players:
Cristiano Ronaldo: Mr Champions League. No player has more goals in this premier football competition than the former Real Madrid superstar. A no-nonsense choice.
Paulo Dybala: With three goals, he has a better goals-per-game ratio in the Champions League this season. Also, he has two man-of-the-match performances, a goal and an assist in the last four games.
Blaise Matuidi: Hardly puts a foot wrong. He should be in your team.
Juventus squad to face Lyon:
Goalkeepers: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Buffon
Defenders: Sciglio, Chiellini, De Ligt, Alex Sandro, Danilo, Bonucci, Rugani