Juventus will continue their second leg in the round of 16 tie 2019-20 UEFA Champions League campaign by hoping to overturn a one-goal shortage on Friday when they face Olympique Lyon. Les Gones head into the game with the favorable position, having beaten the Old Lady 1-0 in the first-leg back in February.
Juventus are returning on the of a 1-0 destruction in the first-leg, where Lucas Tousart’s 31st-minute strike gave the French side a huge advantage heading into this game.
The Italian champions do have a fantastic record with regards to making something happen, remarkably beating a 2-0 deficiency against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last season. This time, notwithstanding, they won’t generally have practical home advantage as the match will be played in a void Allianz Stadium.
Moreover, the Bianconeri finished their Serie A battle severely, quite making sure about only one win in their last four matches – a run of form that saw them win the league title by only one point.
Lyon, then again, haven’t actually had an extraordinary season either, completing in seventh as the 2019/20 Ligue 1 crusade reached a sudden conclusion in late April, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. They have additionally faltered in their Champions League battle, which means the success over Juventus in the first-leg was no not exactly amazing.
By the by, the French mammoths will be excited about clutching that lead at the Allianz Stadium this week.
Juventus – whose local predominance hasn’t been very meant the European stage – have been planning to win the Champions League for quite a while, missing the mark on each event. They come into the game having made sure about the Serie A title, which they won despite their appalling end to the season.
Lyon scratched through the group stages – completing only one point over the two teams underneath them – before acquiring that shock prevail upon Juventus in the first-leg of the round of 16. They’ve disillusioned domestically this season, sitting in 7th spot before the French league battle was brought to an untimely end.
Juventus vs Lyon Team News
Maurizio Sarri is required to make a host of changes from the debilitated side that highlighted against AS Roma in the last matchday of the 2019/20 Serie A battle.
While both Mattia Di Sciglio and Douglas Costa have been precluded because of injury, Matthijs de Ligt is planning to come back aside, to the detriment of Daniele Rugani. The Dutchman is set to accomplice Leonardo Bonucci, at the core of Juventus’ four-man backline.
There could be changes in the full-back slots as well, with Juan Cuadrado and the now-fit Alex Sandro coming in for Danilo and Gianluca Frabotta respectively.
Further changes are expected in central midfield, with Miralem Pjanic supplanting Simone Muratore in the number six role. It could well be the last Juventus game for the Bosnian international, who is set to move to FC Barcelona toward the finish of the season in a fairly controversial swap deal including Arthur Melo.
Pjanic will be upheld by Adrien Rabiot and Rodrigo Bentancur, in spite of the fact that Sarri likewise has different choices including Blaise Matuidi and Aaron Ramsey.
Gonzalo Higuain is a most loved to lead the Juventus attack as Paulo Dybala is as yet nursing a knock. It is not yet clear whether the Argentine can come back to full fitness, in spite of the fact that Sarri confirmed that he is training with the medical staff.
In any case, the wide attacking duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi are ensured starters, with Higuain or Dybala leading the forefront of a stuffed Juventus attack.
The arrival of Memphis Depay has served as an aid for Olympique Lyon head coach Rudi Garcia. The Dutchman performed well in the French league cup final against PSG and is ready for another beginning.
Talking about Garcia, he has often utilized a 3-5-2 when managing solid resistances and this week ought to be the same. That basically implies Depay may need to initiate the Lyon attack, close by the club’s highest goalscorer this season, Moussa Dembele.
The greater part of Juventus’ inventive output originates from central territories of the pitch and Garcia could counter that by picking to convey three central midfielders in Houssem Aouar, Thiago Mendes and Bruno Guimaraes, who is set to work in a deeper, number six role.
With Guimaraes giving the extra coverage in midfield, the onus will be on the focal defensive trio of Joachim Andersen, Marcal and Jason Denayer to keep it together and assist Lyon with seeing out the slim one-goal preferred position.
Wing-backs Leo Dubois and Maxwel Cornet will likewise play a critical role in managing Juventus’ essence on the more extensive zones of the pitch while Anthony Lopes will want to preserve yet one more clean sheet in the middle of the sticks.
What time does Juventus vs Lyon kick-off?
Juventus vs Lyon will happen on Friday 7th August 2020 at 8 pm BST at Allianz Stadium, Torino.
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Juventus vs Lyon Prediction
The first -leg had finished in a 1-0 win for the French contingent, and in spite of any semblance of Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain playing, the Italians couldn’t score an goal.
In any case, this has been an fixture that Sarri’s men have been waiting for quite a while. They have heard a ton of analysis throughout this season, and they could answer the entirety of their skeptics with a noteworthy presentation in this game.
While the nonappearance of group surely will be a factor, it despite everything is at the Allianz Stadium, where Sarri’s men have been dominating for an exceptionally significant time-frame. In addition, subsequent to losing the Golden Boot, Ronaldo is hell-bent on making amends.
Additionally, Bianconeri have a 100% achievement record in two-legged ties against this adversary, and they have a 100% unbeaten record at home against these French opponent also.
Also, ignoring the misfortune against Roma in the final match-day of the Serie A, it’s been nearly 12 months since the Italians have lost here. Moreover, Les Gones had lost four of their last five games from home also.
Juventus are the undisputed top picks heading into this game. In any case, it is unnecessary to call attention to that they haven’t played to their full potential under Sarri this season and their shortcomings could be misused by Lyon, who could seal this tie through the away goals rule by finding the rear of the net at the Allianz Stadium on Friday night.
Juventus vs Lyon Predicted Lineups
Predicted lineup: Szczęsny; Alex Sandro, Cuadrado, De Ligt, Bonucci; Rabiot, Pjanić, Bentancur; Ronaldo, Higuaín, Bernardeschi
Unavailable: De Sciglio (Injured), Khedira (Injured), Douglas Costa (Injured)
Doubtful: Dybala (Injured)
Predicted lineup: Lopes; Marçal, Marcelo, Denayer; Cornet, Dubois, Caqueret, Aouar, Bruno Guimarães; Dembélé, Depay
Doubtful: Kone (Injured), Tete (Injured), Marcelo (Injured)