Champions League favourites Manchester City face Lyon for a place in the last four. The Blues beat Real Madrid in both legs, while the French outfit did enough to advance at the expense of Juventus. City boss Pep Guardiola has not won Europe’s elite competition since the 2010-11 season with Barcelona.
Where and when: Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon – 15 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Manchester City vs. Lyon: BT Sport 1
Last time: The sides shared four goals during the Group F tie in 2018. Maxwel Cornet bagged a brace for Les Gones and Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Aguero were on the scoresheet for the Blues.
Manchester City v Lyon Predictions and Preview
Despite the well documented off-field issues, there can be no arguments for Manchester City on the pitch. Guardiola’s squad went to the Bernabéu and outclassed the 13-time champions before following up the same 2-1 outcome on home soil.
City were without star striker Sergio Aguero, who is expected to miss out again. The Argentine is still recovering from a meniscus injury but his absence has given Gabriel Jesus an opportunity, one the South American has embraced.
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Jesus has always been an able deputy for his team-mate, but the hitman wants to be a regular and his performance at the Etihad offered a glimpse in to a post-Aguero future.
The 23-year-old started from a wide left role and worked tirelessly throughout the contest. Jesus was rewarded for his efforts with a goal and is assured of his place in the starting eleven on Saturday.
The Sao Paulo native is available at 15/4 to open proceedings and will link up with Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva in attack. Sterling has struck on 31 occasions this year and also contributed four assists.
Rudi Garcia’s men squeezed through due to the away goal rule in Turin. Les Gones won’t care how they did it and will hope to pull off another shock result. Garcia will go with a front two of Memphis Depay and Moussa Dembele. Depay failed to shine at Manchester United but is a talisman for his current employers and even wore the armband against the Italian champions.
Depay is 4/1 to bag anytime and, while he did not hit the heights with the Red Devils, the forward still has a great affinity with his former club. Les Gones are 9/1 to emerge triumphant and 13/2 outright. The draw is 11/2.
One to watch for Manchester City: Kevin De Bruyne has played a part in 37 goals this campaign and is considered the best midfielder on the continent. The former Wolfsburg ace is 15/8 to register anytime.
One to watch for Lyon: Dembele has long been admired by Manchester United and Chelsea and his every touch will be closely followed. The ex-Celtic spearhead is 11/1 to score last.
Long shot: Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Les Gones after they beat his side 2-1 nearly 24 months ago. Lyon played the Blues off the park and, with the added dynamic of being front-runners for the tournament, there is no guarantee how City will cope with the expectation. A repeat outcome is 30/1.