Preview - Manchester City vs Lyon 20 September 18

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Champions' League Group F
Manchester City vs. Lyon
Thursday, September 19th 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form: W W D W W
17/18 Average goals per match: 2.79
17/18 Average goals against per match: 0.71
17/18 Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (21)

Last five matches form: W L W L D
17/18 Average goals per match: 2.29
17/18 Average goals against per match: 1.13
17/18 Top Scorer: Memphis Depay (19)

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City get their latest Champions League campaign underway with what should be an entertaining matchup with Ligue 1 third placed finishers, Lyon. Manchester City will be favourites to top a group also containing Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim and will be expected to win this one.

This will surprisingly be the first ever competitive clash between the sides.

Manchester City know they will have to do without Kevin De Bruyne for a little longer. Of more concern ahead of this clash are the slight concerns surrounding Benjamin Mendy and Sergio Agüero. Amine Gouiri misses out for Lyon. Star man Memphis Depay will be fit and raring to go here though having been rested at the weekend.

There aren't many sides who can stop Manchester City when they get into a rhythm, especially at home, when even getting the ball off them can prove a tall order at times. De Bruyne may be out, but City have largely found a way to win without him and have weapons all over the pitch.

Lyon are no slouches, with Memphis Depay in particular being in the form of his life at present. Overall though they have had an indifferent start to the season and simply don't look to be playing well enough at present to pose the Citizens too many issues.

Prediction: Manchester City 4 - 1 Lyon


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  17 - 6
Shots on target: 7 - 3
Corner Kicks: 7 - 1
Possession: 64% - 36%

Sergio Agüero saw yellow for the home side, with Nabil Fekir and Bertrand of Lyon also having their names taken by referee, Daniele Orsato.

A shock at the Etihad, as Lyon - who had endured only a so-so start to their Ligue 1 campaign -upset the English champions in their own back yard.

City were unsurprisingly well ahead on the shots and possession count, but simply weren't anywhere near ruthless enough on the night, whereas Lyon exploited the chanced they did have to the maximum.

With Pep Guardiola watching on from the stands, it was City who made the best of the early running, Aymeric Laporte going close with a back post header that clipped the woodwork.

Then in the 26th minute Lyon struck first. When City carelessly lost the ball in midfield, Lyon quickly broke down the left hand side. Nabil Fekir's ball across the box missing out everyone bar Maxwell Cornet at the back post. Smart finish from Cornet, back across goal and into the bottom left.

Then in the 43rd minute it got worse for the home side. Losing the ball in an almost identical position as in the build up to the first goal, Nabil Fekir this time headed directly for goal and finished brilliantly into the bottom right from around 20 yards. 0-2 at half time.

City were threatening, but nearly found themselves further behind on the hour mark. Memphis Depay clean through and beating the keeper from the edge of the area, only to see his effort come back off the post.

City got one back in the 67th minute. Excellent run and cut back from Leroy Sane down the left, allowing Bernardo Silva to finish into the bottom right from around eight yards out on the left hand side.

No way back though. 1-2 final score.


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