Serie A champions Juventus are looking to overturn a first-leg deficit as they welcome Ligue 1 outfit Lyon to the Allianz Stadium in the last 16 of the Champions League. The visitors have had a long break following the curtailment of the French league due to the coronavirus outbreak, while the Old Lady are celebrating their ninth straight scudetto.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium – 7 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Juventus vs. Lyon: BT Sport
Last time: Lucas Tousart scored the only goal of the game on the half-hour mark, as Lyon beat Juventus 1-0 in the first leg of this tie all the way back in February.
Juventus v Lyon Predictions and Preview
Despite holding a commanding lead over the chasing pack going into the run-in, Juventus only ended up winning Serie A by a single point from Inter Milan. The Bianconeri coasted their way through the final weeks of the domestic season, and need to rediscover their mojo against Lyon if they’re to keep up their hopes of winning a first European trophy in 24 years.
It’s tough to know what shape the French side are in after their prolonged break from action. Les Gones played a series of friendlies in July following the cancellation of the French season, with their final league game a 1-0 defeat to Lille on 8 March.
That followed a 5-1 spanking at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France, while Rudi Garcia’s side also lost to their Parisian rivals in the Coupe de la Ligue final last Friday on their return to competitive action.
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That penalty shootout defeat followed a goalless draw after extra-time, so Lyon are hardly sharp or match-fit coming into this game. Their hosts could really benefit from that here, even if they’ve had a pretty hectic schedule since Serie A returned in mid-June.
Maurizio Sarri was able to rest big names like Cristiano Ronaldo for Juve’s final game of the season though, as the Old Lady lost 3-1 at home to Roma. That was their fourth defeat in their last eight games, with the Serie A champions winning only two of those eight.
Both of those matches were on home soil against Lazio and Sampdoria. The Bianconeri may have stuttered their way towards collecting an unprecedented ninth straight title, but they remain the favourites for the win here.
Sarri’s side have the superior quality and they should have the edge in terms of fitness. They also have a man on a mission in the form of Ronaldo, with the hosts priced at 4/9 to win this match. Lyon are 13/2, while the draw’s available at 18/5. Juve are the slight favourites to qualify at 19/20, with Lyon 13/12 for the same bet.
One to watch for Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to action with a bang following the break, reaching 35 goals for the season in the process. He has 10 goals in his last 11 games and is the 12/5 favourite to open the scoring on Friday night.
One to watch for Lyon: Moussa Dembele had scored 22 goals in 44 games across all competitions when Lyon’s season was cancelled. The Frenchman is yet to score in this season’s Champions League, but is 15/2 to put that right by bagging the opener here.
Long shot: Juventus’s games since the restart have seen a lot of goals. Their defence has been awful, but they’ve still been hitting the target at the other end, with a total of 43 goals in their last 11 matches. The Old Lady are 12/1 to narrowly qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals by winning this game 3-1, with those odds rising to 38/1 if you add Ronaldo as the first scorer.