Lyon vs Manchester City
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 27 November 2018
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Lyon are sitting second in the group table, three points ahead of third-placed Hoffenheim, but they feel anything but sure of a top-2 spot and a ticket to the competition’s last-16. If they lose to City, they’ll need a positive result in Ukraine, in two weeks. What feels… surreal, is that their only win in the group thus far, has been at Etihad Stadium(!), over Manchester City, that 1-2 back in September. Ever since then, they’ve drawn in all three matches, two of those at home. They’ve played their part in producing wild back-to-back results, 2-2 at home with Shakhtar, 3-3 at Hoffenheim, and 2-2 with the German side again, three weeks ago, as hosts. They won both games in their championship after that 2-2 against Hoffenheim, and are sitting second in the Ligue 1 table, 15 whole points behind leaders PSG.
Manchester City were left… half-shocked on their Champions League group stage debut, losing 1-2 to Lyon, but they definitely bounced back in style. Win in Germany over Hoffenheim, 0-3 at Shakhtar Donetsk, 6-0 over the same opponent three weeks ago, at home. Plus, they have been looking… scary in the Premier League, not just winning, but destroying their rivals. Just last weekend they beat West Ham 0-4 in London, and right before the international break they had beaten city rivals United 3-1 at home. They are leading in the Premier League, two points ahead of second-placed Liverpool, and five ahead of Tottenham.
Previous five matches:
Lyon vs Saint-Étienne 1-0
Guingamp vs Lyon 2-4
Lyon vs Hoffenheim 2-2
Lyon vs Bordeaux 1-1
Angers vs Lyon 1-2
West Ham vs Manchester City 0-4
Manchester City vs Manchester United 3-1
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0
Manchester City vs Southampton 6-1
Manchester City vs Fulham 2-0
Lyon are visiting Lille on Saturday (France Ligue 1). Same day, City will be hosting Bournemouth (England Premier League).
Lyon vs Manchester City: Head to head Stats
Lyon have never hosted Manchester City before.
Lyon vs Manchester City: Prediction
City are considered huge favorites to win the game. I feel they have an extra motive, after losing to Lyon at home in September. Even so, I prefer to bet on goals.
Lyon vs Manchester City: Betting Tips
“Over 3.5 goals”, at 2.00, looks very probable, if you consider how both teams have done thus far in the group, and also City’s… merciless performances for weeks now. The same combined with City’s win is at 2.40.