Lyon take on the visitors Villarreal at “Parc Olympique Lyonnais” stadium in the first-leg clash of the 1/16 final stage of the UEFA Europa League. The match will be played in Lyon on Thursday, February 15th.
Lyon used to be considered the strongest football club of France, however, the team went through a crisis afterwards and is about to take on their former shape now. The side has managed to settle on the second place in Group E of the UEFA Europa League where it was drawn together with Atalanta, Everton and Apollon. Lyon picked up 11 points together with one defeat in six encounters played. The club’s attack looked very confident, having scored 11 goals as well as its defense which has conceded four goals. In the latest fights conducted at “Parc Olympique Lyonnais” the French side was beaten by Rennes 0:2, broke Paris SG 2:1 and deserved 1:1 draw against Angers.
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Villarreal are in suitable shape now and may battle for promotion to the UEFA Champions League for the next season. “El Submarino Amarillo” have won their Group A of the UEFA Europa League where they were sitting with FC Astana, Slavia Prague and Maccabi Tel Aviv, having got 11 points in six matches. The team’s offense was extremely powerful and aggressive, having scored 10 goals while its defense faced some problems from time to time which resulted in six goals conceded. In the recent games played on the road Villarreal have lost to Betis 1:2 and Leganes 0:1, but managed to celebrate 1:0 triumph over Real Madrid.
It is very difficult to predict the winner of the forthcoming clash as both rivals worth each other, however, the home-field factor may become a decisive one on Thursday night.
Prediction for the match: Lyon to win.