Preview - Lyon vs Manchester City 28 November 18

Started by Harry85, Nov 28, 2018, 12:41 AM

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Champions' League Group F
Lyon vs. Manchester City
Wednesday, November 28th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Groupama Stadium

Lyon: 
Last five matches form: W D D W W
Average goals per match: 1.71
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Memphis Depay & Houssem Aouar (5)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 3.08
Average goals against per match: 0.38
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero ( 8 )

A big game over in France in Group F in the Champions League this week as second placed Lyon play host to group leaders Manchester City. Should City win this one they will confirm their status as group winners. Even defeat would leave City in the box seat though due to their superior goal difference. Defeat for Lyon may see them slip out of the second qualifying spot if Hoffenheim also beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home.

It was Lyon who caused a big upset in the first game between these sides when winning 2-1 at the Etihad.

Manchester City have been in imperious form since that defeat though, winning 12 of their past 13. with the only slight blemish being a goalless draw away at Liverpool. An impressive run which has seen the Citizens score 43 times and concede only three times. Sobering stats for Lyon.

Lyon have been on a decent run of form themselves, losing just the once - when routed away at PSG - in their past 14 games. They have drawn five of their past seven in this competition and likely wouldn't be disappointed with another draw in this one.

Write Lyon off at your peril, but Manchester City are quite simply on a different planet to the majority of the sides on the continent at present and we see Pep Guardiola's men avenging that surprising defeat against this side earlier in the competition.



Prediction: Lyon 1 - 4 Manchester City

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  8 - 14
Shots on target: 4 - 8
Corner Kicks: 1 - 7
Possession: 39% - 61%

Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling were booked for the away side, with referee Gianluca Rocchi also taking the name of Ferland Mendy of Lyon.

Manchester City - as they invariably do - came out comfortably ahead in the possession and shot statistics but were once again unable to master this Lyon side.

Lyon did start brightly here and should really have taken the lead in the 13th minute, only for Memphis Depay to fluff his lines from close range with the goal gaping. Maxwel Cornet missed what was if anything an even better chance not too long after, before then rattling the bar with a scuffed volley. Riyad Mahrez had the best of the chances for City. 0-0 at the break though.

The hosts struck first in the 55th minute. Breaking quickly following a free kick in midfield, Depay picked out Corner on the right corner of the eighteen-yard box. Cornet cut inside to fire an effort into the top left corner via the slightest of deflections.

City's equaliser came just seven minutes later. Raheem Sterling's corner from the right being flicked on at the near post to find Aymeric Laporte who then headed home to the right hand side.

The third goal of the game came in the 81st minute and it was Lyon who grabbed it. Depay slipping in Cornet in the left of the area and Cornet finishing low underneath the advancing Ederson.

Back came City though to restore parity once again just two minutes later. Mahrez playing in the corner from the right-hand side and Sergio Agüero getting on the end of it to flick a header across goal and in to the left hand side. 2-2 final score.

Manchester City are now all but certain to top this section. Lyon will join City in the knockout stages provided they avoid defeat in their final game away at Shakhtar Donetsk.







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