Prediction and odds for the game: Juventus (4/9) v Lyon (13/2)
We are backing under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 11/10
When: Friday, 7th August 2020, Kick-off 20:00
Where: The Allianz Stadium
On Friday night, Juventus and Lyon go head-to-head at the Allianz Stadium in the Champions League last-16 second leg, with the home side 1-0 down from the first leg in France.
This season was another glorious campaign for the Bianconeri in Serie A, as the team from Turin claimed their ninth straight Scudetto. The title was the first in the coaching career of experienced head coach Maurizio Sarri, despite his vast experience.
Despite winning yet another title, Juventus finished the Serie A campaign in poor form, winning just twice in their final eight games of the campaign, suffering defeats in three of their last four matches. Many will point to the fact that the Bianconeri took their foot off the gas slightly as the cause for the poor run, with the title already secured relatively early once again.
Juventus may not have finished the season in great form, but when it comes to the Champions League the Bianconeri have a very good recent record. The first leg defeat ended a stellar run of five consecutive wins in Europe’s elite competition.
The Italian champions also have a good recent home record in the Champions League, having recorded wins of five of their previous six matches on home soil.
The French team endured a difficult domestic campaign in Ligue One, eventually finishing seventh place in the curtailed French top-flight. Lyon have not been great in the Champions League this season either, despite making it through to the last-16.
A record of just one victory in their previous 14 matches in Europe’s elite competition is certainly not a great record. The first leg victory ended a short two-game winless run in the competition for OL. The game also saw the visitors keep their first Champions League clean sheet in five outings.
OL have at least been dangerous in attack in this competition of late, as they have only failed to score in just one of their previous seven European matches. Dutch winger Memphis Depay has played a key role in the Champions League, scoring five goals in this season’s competition.
One issue that is concerning going into this clash is OL’s recent record on the road in the Champions League. The visitors have suffered defeat in three of their last four away games in Europe’s elite competition.
On paper, Juventus are massive favourites to record a victory, but there seems to be a few nerves in Turin about this clash. This tension is likely due to the team’s late-season form. However, we are backing the Bianconeri to record a narrow victory simply due to their good home record and OL’s poor away record in the Champions League. The other bet we are backing is under 2.5 goals scored, as this could be a tight affair.
Verdict: We are backing under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 11/10 and/or the home win at odds of 4/9. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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