Lyon take on the visitors CSKA Moscow at “Parc Olympique Lyonnais” in the second-leg clash of the 1/8 final stage of the UEFA Europa League. The game will be played in Lyon on Thursday, March 15th.
Lyon are highly motivated in this season’s UEFA Europa League as the tournament final will take place in Lyon and the club strongly desires to appear in it. “Les Gones” look gorgeous at the home pitch in this season, having lost only twice in 18 encounters conducted in face of their fans in all competitions. Besides, the side has not tasted a failure at the home turf within the UEFA Europa League since August 2014. However, the hosts’ attacking capability has weakened because of an injury of Nabil Fekir who is the team’s key forward and best striker. Lyon managed to score just three goals in four recent fights when Nabil Fekir couldn’t play. Moreover, “Les Gones” were not able to score more than one goal in six latest battles. However, the upcoming hosts do not obliged to score as it they do not concede, the team will surely promote to the nest stage of the tournament.
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Due to the certain reasons CSKA Moscow were not good enough to compete decently with Lyon, having lost 0:1 even at the home ground. It can’t be stated that “Armeitsy” have failed completely in the first-leg match, but they were visibly weaker than the French. Not many goals are usually combined in the fights with participation of CSKA Moscow. Nine out of 10 recent battles within the UEFA Europa League were finished with under 2.5 scored goals. The side entered the spring part of the Russian Premier League with two clean sheets: 1:0 and 3:0. As for the UEFA Champions League, all three away tackles on the group stage were ended with under 3.5 scored goals as well as two clashes in the qualification round.
There is a dramatic difference in the rivals’ class and current competitive form. Besides, the upcoming visitors will not be able to use two main defenders on Thursday evening while even one scored goal by “Les Gones” will be enough for their promotion to the next stage. Thus, I presume that it is going to be another tough game on behalf of “Armeitsy” in which they are not likely to succeed.
Prediction for the match: Lyon to win with 0.0 Asian handicap. Under 3.5 scored goals.