Preview - Lyon vs Hoffenheim 08 November 18

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Nov 07, 2018, 05:13 PM Last Edit: Nov 07, 2018, 05:23 PM by Harry85
Champions' League Group F
Lyon vs. Hoffenheim
Thursday, November 8th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade des Lumières

Last five matches form: L W D W D
Average goals per match: 1.58
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Houssem Aouar & Bertrand Traoré (3)

Last five matches form: W D W L W
Average goals per match: 2.20
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Reiss Nelson (5)

Lyon look to be on course to join Manchester City in the knockout stages as things stand in Group F as things stand. We are still at the stage where a single result can change things greatly though, and any slip ups against Hoffenheim at home in this one will increase the pressure on the French side.

The first game between the sides was certainly an entertaining affair, with the teams sharing six goals in Germany to come away with a point apiece. Hoffenheim were the better side in that one though and would have won the match on most occasions on the balance of play - for all that they did need a 92nd minute winner to salvage a point in the end.

Lyon have lost just one of their last 15 at home in all competitions. That is really a measure of the imbalance in the French League though and their home record in the Champions League isn't anywhere near so good, with just one win and five defeats in their past eight.

Hoffenheim had an excellent result at the weekend when winning 4-1 in Leverkusen, but have not won back to back games in their past 16 fixtures as they continue to struggle for consistency.

Amine Gouiri is the only confirmed absentee for the home side. Hoffenheim must do without Benjamin Hübner, Lukas Rupp and Stefan Posch.

This looks like being close. We would rate Hoffenheim as the better side overall, but away from home and slightly worse off on the injury front, they may have to settle for a draw here.

Prediction: Lyon 2 - 2 Hoffenheim


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 -2
Shots:  24 - 12
Shots on target: 15 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 9
Possession: 49% - 51%

Jason Denayer and Jeremy Morel of Lyon had their names taken by referee Danny Makkelie in this one. Florian Grillitsch, Ermin Bicakcic, Kevin Vogt and Joelinton were all booked for Hoffenheim, who also had Kasim Nuhu dismissed for two bookable offences.

A dramatic game over in France, looking like the most comfortable of wins for the home side for long periods, but ultimately seeing an unlikely comeback from the visitors.

Lyon took the lead in the 19th minute. Ferland Mendy rattling the woodwork with an effort from range and the ball rebounding to Nabil Fekir in the left-hand side of the area. First Fekir and then Tanguy Ndombele twice had effort's blocked before Fekir finally put the chance away from the edge of the six yard box.

1-0 became 2-0 nine minutes later. Mendy finding Ndombele on the edge of the area and Ndombele's strike on goal taking a huge deflection into the bottom right, leaving the keeper with no chance. 2-0 at the break.

What looked a difficult task for Hoffenheim began to look impossible in the 51st minute with the dismissal of Nuhu reducing the German side to ten men.

Then in the 65th minute Hoffenheim got themselves back into this. Andrej Kramaric finding time and space to advance towards the edge of the Lyon area and fire into the bottom left with a well-placed strike. That still looked like being only a consolation though, until…

In the second minute of stoppage time a free kick from the right-hand side was slung into the area and flicked on towards the back post by Joelinton. Pavel Kaderabek the man arriving to slot home from close range.

Hoffenheim the first side in Champions League history to come back from two goals down with only ten men.

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